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Augmented reality "will change the way architects work" says Greg Lynn

Augmented reality will revolutionise the architecture and construction industries according to architect Greg Lynn
"Augmented reality technologies on job sites and in factories will, with absolute certainty, change the way buildings are constructed," the Los Angeles-based architect told Dezeen. "Therefore it will change the way architects work and will change their role."

"I wouldn't want to predict what changes will be made but it is inevitable that the technology is going to be adopted and will have an impact," he continued. "It is just too powerful a tool not to be used."


Unlike virtual reality, which creates a completely immersive virtual environment, augmented reality overlays digital content onto real-world imagery.

For architects, this means they can experience the interior of a building when it is still at the earliest stages of design. It also allows them to project digital information onto architectural models.

This solves a problem that Lynn claims all architects encounter – getting a project from screen to physical space.

Lynn, 52, experimented with augmented reality for the first time with his project for the US Pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale

"It is a great tool for design," he explained. "It locks digital content to scale models first of all."

"Having the ability to both animate [models] with the simulated flow of equipment and people, as well as calling up more detailed digital content on the actual model in space, is amazing," he said.




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