Visualising our fragile future: A fusion of architecture and technology

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Cleminson, Jonah
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
McPherson, Peter
Shamout, Sameh
Wang, Xinxin
Masters Thesis
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climate change
architectural design
social change
augmented reality (AR)
Cleminson, J. (2023). Visualising our fragile future: A fusion of architecture and technology (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
RESEARCH QUESTION How will Augmented Reality benefit the architectural design and help further understand the architecture’s physical result? ABSTRACT One of the greatest challenges impacting the world now is climate change, influenced by the significant environmental impact of urbanisation. This calls for an immediate need for action. This project is called Visualising Our Fragile Future, and it reflects the current state of our climate. This project aims to use Augmented Reality (AR) technology to produce visually jarring simulations of the effects of climate change. This project seeks to rethink climate change awareness by combining innovative technology with effective architectural designs to raise awareness about this pressing matter and help motivate people to work together to effect positive environmental change. By using AR, there is the potential to activate a global movement for a more resilient and sustainable future. Various literature reviews are required to understand climate change and AR in-depth. These provide invaluable guidance for what is needed when creating a compelling AR display and effectively demonstrating the impacts of climate change, helping raise awareness. Traditional methods of raising awareness of climate change often struggle to fully engage society when conveying the complexity and seriousness of the issue. Therefore, this requiring thorough research into examples of practical applications of AR and sustainable design concepts evolve through precedents. This project aims to address the research question by demonstrating the potential of AR in architectural design to raise awareness of climate change. This project provides the foundations for AR to be integrated with the architectural design to provide an immersive, thought-provoking, and dynamic environment. Furthermore, this project goes beyond visualising the consequences of climate change using the architectural senses, hearing, touch, and smelling, highlighting the impacts of climate change in the form of designs based on extreme weather events, flooding, increases in temperature, and deforestation.
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