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VIRTUALISM IN ARCHITECTURE This subject was suggested as a possible topic from the course outline As it is an area of much interest and controversy was chosen as the direction of study for the paper Previous research into Virtual Reality VR coupled with a particular interest in its architectural application also proved motivating However although the direction of the initial research appeared straightforward after further investigation it became obvious that there were in fact two distinctly different interpretations that could be drawn from the area of Virtualism in Architecture This division was between whether VR was used FOR architecture VR used as a tool to aid in architectural design Or whether it was used AS architecture architectural design within the world of VR Therefore this paper will be divided into two sections each discussing the two different ideas with the aim of applying a necessary critical perspective Firstly what is virtual architecture and how does it fit into the definition of architecture Dace Campbell Graduate student of the Human Interface Technology Lab at Washington University Seattle offers his explanation It is the ordering and definition of meaningful space as developed in response to a need or program An expression of society in spatial experiential form Thus virtual architecture Campbell adds is that which embodies and expresses values of society or culture in electronic form with polygons vectors and texture maps as opposed to bricks and mortar wwwuni-weimarde The use of polygons and texture maps instead of bricks and mortar has an obvious advantage It saves money Bruce Sterling a speaker for the Electronics Frontier Foundation EFF encapsulates it well Nothing ever rusts nothing breaks nothing collapses it just gets diskwiped wwwefforg Problems which could eventually become costly can be eliminated cheaply and efficiently Architectural walkthroughs as they are referred to are what a few architects are using as their tools for designing buildings They possess many advantages As humans are spatial creatures they respond
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