Augmented Quarantine

Augmented Quarantine

Author:

Renate Weissenböck

Abstract:

This paper presents experimental research about using Augmented Reality (AR) for interactive design processes, exploring a spatial “live” design method taking place in an overlay of real space and digital models. It discusses the processes and outcomes of a seminar undertaken at Graz University of Technology in winter term 2020/2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the course was taught online, and conceptualized to allow students the biggest possible learning experience during the lockdown. Ensuring accessibility to all participants, the seminar was based on the use of ubiquitous devices. The implementation of newly developed software, such as “Fologram”, enabled the students to use AR systems at home with their personal computers and smartphones. The task of the course was to design customized interventions for the students’ own domestic spaces, reacting to changing conditions and needs during the lockdown. The employed workflow was driven by an instant connection between 3D-modeling (Rhinoceros3D), parametric design (Grasshopper) and holographic immersion (Fologram).