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VIPA

VIrtual campus for virtual space design Provided for european Architects

Christoph Falkner and Thomas Grasl are part of  the project team  at the Vienna Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy work­ing on the VIPA project, a transna­tional research project sup­ported by the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity.

The objec­tive is the devel­op­ment of a transna­tional vir­tual cam­pus con­tain­ing an e-learning and research plat­form for Euro­pean archi­tec­ture uni­ver­si­ties in the field of Vir­tual Space Design. Vir­tual spaces have also become a major eco­nom­i­cal growth fac­tor in many con­texts. Presently spa­tial con­cepts are dom­i­nant in the enter­tain­ment indus­try, but also other areas of life are redesigned through aug­mented real­ity and vir­tual real­ity con­cepts.
As a con­se­quence this means that the design of expe­ri­en­tial rooms is no longer restricted to con­struc­tion processes of the build­ing indus­try. New oppor­tu­ni­ties for work and employ­ment for the aes­thet­i­cal and con­cep­tional design of these vir­tual rooms will open up for archi­tects, whose major com­pe­tence is in the design of rooms and space based social interactions.Therefore, the objec­tive of the project is to develop cur­ric­u­lar tools, which expand and enhance the edu­ca­tion in the field of archi­tec­ture in this sense.

EU funded research project


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