How mixed reality is transforming city and urban planning

VR in city planningIf you’ve experienced virtual reality (VR) using a Meta Quest or HTC Vive you’ll know it’s great for Beat Saber, but did you know it’s finding a dedicated user base in urban planning?

In Bochum, Germany, Ruhr University cartographers used VR to investigate the impact of proposed traffic flow changes on residents. In Glassboro, New Jersey, the Rowan University Community Planning + Visualization Lab built a VR reimagining of the city’s downtown so residents could comment on how best to redevelop the area.

Exploring and moving through virtual environments is perfect for showcasing proposed changes to buildings or neighborhoods, and altering the shape or size of elements or the way people and systems use the space gives every stakeholder the means to weigh in.

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