PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Jonathan Rule
Augmented Tectonics presents a collaboration between architects and extended reality (XR) developers for an immersive learning platform that leverages virtual reality for teaching construction. The immersive experience parallels a lecture and lab components of the course which introduces students to construction through five material categories: metals, wood, masonry, concrete, and glass.
The project impacts learning in two main ways. First, it has aided in the communication of complex building systems to an untrained individual. As opposed to asking students on day one to be able to visualize abstract two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional details they can visualize and interact with them in an embodies experience at a one-to-one scale. This allows for a quicker and more comprehensive understanding of the complex layers that makeup the built environment. Second, it has allowed for an enhanced hybrid learning experience. Traditionally, the content of this course is reinforced through site visits to active construction projects which is not always an option and is not compatible in a hybrid learning environment. This remote or in person immersive experience allow students to actively explore content at their own pace. The project aims to support students by allowing them to view elements of construction in a non-traditional method and by making what is typically nontangible in a lecture setting suddenly tangible. This platform is not intended to replace traditional methods of delivery (lectures and textbooks) but should be seen as an experimental medium that enhances the learning experience through virtual immersion.