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Design and use of a virtual heritage model to enable a comparison of active navigation of buildings and spaces with passive observation.

Laing, Richard; Conniff, Anna; Craig, Tony; Galan-Diaz, Carlos; Scott, Stephen

Authors

Richard Laing

Anna Conniff

Tony Craig

Carlos Galan-Diaz

Stephen Scott

Abstract

Wide ranging and significant research in recent years has highlighted the need for greater levels of engagement with end users in planning and design of the built environment. This has been against a background of far reaching advances in IT technologies, which have facilitated the widespread use of computer modelling to present design ideas in non-traditional and non-technical formats. In the context of urban redesign and public participation, the research reported in this paper emerged from an observation that pre-rendered walkthroughs of designs have become commonplace, and that the effect on cognition and preference might be significant. For the particular case study area, it was notable that the arrangement and proximity of buildings was such that the site could arguably be best understood through navigation at human scale, as opposed to through the use of traditional drawings or plans. The research proceeded to investigate whether the active navigation of a desktop virtual model of an urban environment leads to better understanding and perception than passive observation of a walkthrough, and the methodology employed commonly available and widely used modelling packages to present a small townscape, navigable using controls commonly found in modern computer ˜games. The technical and study based results from this research have implications for how design ideas can be best presented to clients and other end users in the future, to ensure that design processes can be more clearly informed, and to avoid problems related to the interaction and understanding of architectural information by non experts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2007
Journal Automation in construction
Print ISSN 0926-5805
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 830-841
Institution Citation LAING, R., CONNIFF, A., CRAIG, T., GALAN-DIAZ, C. and SCOTT, S. 2007. Design and use of a virtual heritage model to enable a comparison of active navigation of buildings and spaces with passive observation. Automation in construction [online], 16(6), pages 830-841. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2007.02.006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2007.02.006
Keywords Virtual navigation; Heritage; 3D participation

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