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Mixed reality for public participation in urban and public space design

2019 - Towards a new way of crowdsourcing more inclusive smart cities


UN-Habitat and Ericsson


Mixed reality for public participation in urban and public space design

Mixed reality is a new technology that enables visual experiences where physical environments and digital objects coexist and interact with each other in a realistic way. In practice, this means you can look through a mobile device and see digital objects and models as if they were really there. This report is based on more than two years of research by a team of UN-Habitat urban planners and Ericsson researchers. Mixed reality technology – although still in its infancy - might offer the opportunity to bridge the divide between inhabitants and their cities, making change literally appear before their eyes and giving entire neighborhoods the chance to weigh in on how their future smart city will look, feel and serve their needs.

This new visually realistic blending of reality with virtual imagination can create a more intuitive space for planners, architects, residents and other stakeholders to viscerally experience and re-imagine future environments. Architectural sketches and designs can be made more legible and accessible, thus pulling users into the process of design and strengthening the long-term viability and buy-in of urban projects.






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