Design and Evaluation of a Real-World Virtual Environment for Architecture and Urban Planning

  title={Design and Evaluation of a Real-World Virtual Environment for Architecture and Urban Planning},
  author={George Drettakis and Maria Roussou and Alex Reche Martinez and Nicolas Tsingos},
  journal={PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments},
In this paper we present a user-centered design approach to the development of a Virtual Environment (VE), by utilizing an iterative, user-informed process throughout the entire design and development cycle. A preliminary survey was first undertaken with end users, that is, architects, chief engineers, and decision makers of a real-world architectural and urban planning project, followed by a study of the traditional workflow employed. We then determined the elements required to make the VE… 

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