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The Decline of Virtual Reality and the Rise of Augmented Reality - A digital Reshape of Public Spaces
The Decline of Virtual Reality and the Rise of Augmented Reality - A digital Reshape of Public Spaces

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Author(s): Reinhold Lehel STADLER
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Geography, Regional studies
Published by: Universitatea de Arhitectură şi Urbanism »Ion Mincu«
Keywords: Public space; augmented reality; virtual reality; digital spaces; social interaction

Summary/Abstract: The development of virtual reality over the last century supported a slow shift of activities from the public space towards the private one. However, virtual reality offers incomplete sensations and less face to face social interactions, which reinforces the need for public spaces. Augmented reality is an emerging technology able to better connect the two realms: the virtual and physical reality. This article aims to briefly explain the shift from virtual reality towards augmented reality and the effects of this process on the public space. The focus will be on the ways that augmented reality can improve the attractiveness of contemporary public spaces by strengthening its essential features, such as: access to information, playfulness and adaptability. In order to be competitive and attractive public spaces have to evolve and adapt to the new trends, of which ICT is one of the most significant.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 12-21
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English