Why are People Turning to Virtual Reality in Architecture

September 27, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival


There have been many technological leaps that have had a tremendous effect on the AEC Industry; Upgrading from a drawing table and parallel edge to drawing in AutoCAD, new computer technology that allows you to move a drawing into 3D with Revit, taking a Revit model and applying textures to get a fully realized rendering. 

These leaps and bounds are mostly reflected in two areas:  One, increasing the speed with which an individual can convey an idea to a client.  Two, giving that client a new level of understanding of what the end-product will look like.

These technological leaps will not make someone a better architect, but those tools in the hands of a skilled architect will allow them to bring their ideas to fruition quickly. 

With the advent of VR, this is even more true.  Think about how easy it would be to convey to a client how a window in just the right place will allow natural light to fill a space.  You can save numerous RFI’s because the client can “walk” through a model and answer their own questions.  Architects can use the tools to easily spot mistakes in their models that aren’t noticeable on paper but are glaringly obvious with a VR headset on.

Due to the gaming industry pushing VR technology, VR is now more mainstream than ever.  Along with that, prices that have come down greatly, so it is easy to see why VR is being adapted rapidly across various industries. 

Today, VR headsets run anywhere from $399 to $1,399 or more.  There are a lot of differences between those extremes.  Parallel Edge has educated themselves to answer many questions so that we can assist you with all your VR questions.  We can help you pick out the right headset, computer, and other equipment to make sure your first jump into VR is successful.

Catch Parallel Edge's Virtual Reality Experience during the DesignPhiladelphia Kickoff Party on October 2nd. 

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