Experience VR & AR
This article in Dezeen highlights the Royal Academy of Arts’ unveiling of a series of installations that show how virtual and augmented reality technologies can change the experience of buildings and spaces. The four installations were created by architect Gilles Retsin, 3D-scanning studio ScanLAB, designer Keiichi Matsuda and design studio Soft Bodies.
Together they form the third and final instalment of Invisible Landscapes, a project by RA curator Gonzalo Herrero Delicado exploring how digital technologies are changing the world.
"The last act of Invisible Landscapes explores how the virtual might transform the physical space and vice versa," the curator explained, continuing:
"Four works, including two new commissions, explore how virtual, augmented and mixed reality are blurring the boundaries between the physical and the virtual, and questioning what is real and what is fictional, questioning how we might interact with and look at the world around us, both now and in the near future."
CNC Plywood Parts
Real Virtuality was a new commission from Bartlett School of Architecture tutor Gilles Retsin, whose previous works include a robot-built chair made using a 3D printer, and prototypes for a 3D-printed plastic house. The London-based architect combined plywood with digital technology and augmented reality construction techniques, to design and install an interlocking wooden frame inside the Royal Academy's architecture gallery.
Each building block was made from nine- by 12-millimetre plywood sheets, turned into a kit of parts using a CNC milling machine.
Microsoft HoloLens headsets guided assemblers
to put interlocking modules in place. Photo by NAARO
HoloLens augmented reality allowed real time design changes.
Photo by NAARO
These modular forms were then assembled by people wearing Microsoft HoloLens headsets, which allowed for real-time adaptions as the installation was being built. The HoloLens overlaid a digital model of the design onto the gallery space as the construction team looked at the room, indicating where each plywood module could fit. The entire structure was held together in tension, with a few lateral steel rods in repeating points between the plywood elements.
Diorama exploration of Post-Lenticular Landscapes,
ScanLAB's hologram of Yosemite National Park
The piece by 3D scanning company ScanLAB Projects, Post-Lenticular Landscapes, comprised a diorama viewable through a holographic lens. The team took terrestrial laser 3D scanning equipment to Yosemite National Park in the US to produce a hologram of the landscape, recreating the 1870s expeditions of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge.
Related story Keiichi Matsuda explores dystopian
future of the workplace in new film Merger
Keiichi Matsuda's 360-degree short film Merger imagines a future
where augmented reality changes human work fundamentally
London designer Keiichi Matsuda presented his dystopian 360-degree short film Merger, which imagines how augmented reality and an obsession with productivity could merge to create a nightmarish new workplace.
Weightless Bricks by Soft Bodies gives a hybrid experience
combining virtual reality with physical objects
This is a new commission from design studio Soft Bodies. The mixed-reality experience allows participants wearing a virtual-reality headset to explore a digital landscape whilst interacting with specially made physical objects in a hybrid world.
AR and VR experiences are increasingly being used by museums to give visitors new way to encounter their exhibits.
Photography is by Andy Keate unless otherwise stated.
H&S in Our Changing Workplace(s)
Continuing Weekly Insight’s interest in Design Thinking, it may not be long before DfMA begins to lead the way we design, specify and incorporate ‘appropriate’ technology into all buildings. This could be a really SMART move for Construction Management and control of H&S issues. If so, expect Principal Designers to be tasked with using it in their designs and Principal Contractors in their plans of work and risk assessments. As part of Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA) it could be part of a holistic Off-Site construction approach. All sectors need to address changing material science and technology and combine this to bring AI right into the way your business designs and delivers projects.
DfMA at the forefront
As Off-Site construction matures into Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) it is clearly at the forefront as an enabler for such delivery. New homes will very soon be ‘Smart’ in numerous ways, including full incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components. This is something that ‘Off-Site’. DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) will need to seriously consider as the industry moves forward.
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers is needed to accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.