“Does virtual reality mean this is all only in my head?”
-Patty Larkin, “Don’t”
On March 10, some of the STUDIO team stopped working long enough to go over to the Autodesk office on Pearl Street for a look-see at how their Revit and Formit models play in virtual reality (VR).
With help from Autodesk’s Tobias Hathorn and Josh Goldstein, STUDIO’s Aldo Sebben, Tim Ross, Jeff Dawson and Chris Russell took turns behind the VR goggles. And, uh, yeah, I guess you could say the demo impressed the guys.
“It is an amazing technology,” said Aldo. “It has the chance to change the way the buildings are designed. It actually allows the user to feel the space, and integrates well with our current Autodesk workflow.”
“What a game changer,” added Chris. “One of the most powerful things that I’ve experienced with the VR technology is how it immediately generates a wave of ‘What if….’ questions, how intuitive it is and how quickly it becomes a vehicle that opens the flood gates for creativity…I really liked being able to ‘feel’ a space throughout the design process and the ability to make more informed design decisions based on that deeper understanding of the space.”
Everyone agrees that VR will not only change the design process at STUDIO, but Chris added, “it will change how we communicate with clients, team members, city officials and neighborhoods and will ultimately help to produce more powerful, impactful, on-budget projects.”
And according to those “in the know” VR WILL be coming to STUDIO soon. Stay tuned.