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Immersive Virtual Reality for Assisting in Inclusive Architectural Design

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Abstract

Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) technology is capable of simulating highly realistic environments and affecting behavioral realism via the creation of the feeling of immersion in a virtual world. Because of that IVR has got a great potential as a tool for evaluation of architectural designs. IVR allows to navigate in the designed space and interact with its elements as if they were real. In this paper, we demonstrate that IVR can assist during the Inclusive Design process and improve the architects’ understanding of the needs of different users, especially those that are older or disabled. Inclusive design promotes products and environments that are inclusive for all people. Architects require in-depth insight into how particular groups of people experience the designed environment and how they interact with it. IVR can help with that.

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  • Immersive virtual reality
  • Inclusive design
  • Architectural design process
  • Assisting architects in design process

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The research reported in this paper was co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund in the framework of the project “Silesian University of Technology as a Center of Modern Education based on research and innovation” POWR.03.05.00-00-Z098/17. This work is part of the General Statutory Research Project BK-204/RAU2/2019 conducted at the Institute of Informatics, the Silesian University of Technology.

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Lach, E. et al. (2020). Immersive Virtual Reality for Assisting in Inclusive Architectural Design. In: Gruca, A., Czachórski, T., Deorowicz, S., Harężlak, K., Piotrowska, A. (eds) Man-Machine Interactions 6. ICMMI 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1061 . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31964-9_3

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