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June 6, 2018
Arts & Culture

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Design Process


Arts & Culture

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Design Process

We were delighted to participate in the recent International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018 (ITEAC) held in London early June. This is a major conference that happens every four years and attracts professionals working within the sector including theatre consultants, acousticians, engineers and architects. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Places for Performance: New Directions’.

Our Head of Arts and Culture Nicola Walls moderated a panel session on the use of ‘Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Design Process’.  There were 3 fascinating presentations from Ned Crowe of Arup Acoustics on auralisation, www.arup.com/perspectives/themes/transport/soundlab , Alex Coulumbe of Agile Lens, a New York based immersive design company, http://www.agilelens.com and Ryan Metcalfe of Preevue, a company that create virtual reality models for set designs and theatre spaces https://preevue.co.uk/

Preevue had provided Nicola with her first experience of virtual reality by donning a head mounted monitor and entering the West Yorkshire Playhouse proposal earlier this year – an experience on which she was able to draw in terms of steering the panel discussion and questions from the floor.

The conference programme was packed with interesting presentations, including sessions specifically on the requirements of spaces for dance and how to make historic theatres fit for purpose – insightful sessions that will help feed into our current performance venue work.