International Architecture Design Studio in VR

The international Student Seminar 2019 was hosted by the Japan Austria Science Exchange Center (JASEC) at TU Wien and High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for architecture students from Saga University (Japan) and local students from TU Wien (Austria). 

A mixed group of architecture students from TU Wien (Austria) and Saga University (Japan) had the common task to design a student hub at TU Wien’s campus Getreidemarkt with workplaces and catering for students.
Four groups of local and Japanese participants developed basic design concepts and acquired the necessary knowledge in collaborative 3D design, modelling and visualisation for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR, AR) in just one week before continuing the workshop in Stuttgart. At the HLRS they could work together in the CAVE – an immersive virtual reality environment in a cube with five back-projected walls – and deepen their knowledge in digital tools, animation and visualisation techniques.
At the end of the semester the results were presented in Vienna (see video below). All designs can be experienced in 1:1 scale (or in any other) in the CAVE at HLRS.

The successful cooperation will be deepened next summer semester (2020) focusing on architectural and urban design in the context of global urban challenges like climate change and great demand of residential settlements.

JASEC coordinates the scientific cooperation between all faculties of TU Wien and Japanese partner institutions. Furthermore they regularly offer design studios and courses in architecture for Japanese and local students.

HLRS is Germany’s first national high-performance computing center and a central institution of the University of Stuttgart. Their upcoming system, which HLRS has named Hawk, will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health.

Supervisors / teachers:

TU Wien, Japan Austria Science Exchange Center (JASEC): Thomas Rief, Iris Mach, Barbara Rief-Vernay, Marcus Grundnigg

High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS): Uwe Wössner, Fabian Dembski

Saga University: Nobuo Mishima



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