Speculative Technology: Augmented Reality and Everyday Experience
Chaired by Joseph Robson and Felix Dodd (AVR London/A-VR). Speakers: Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg (Space Popular), Maria Rakusanova (Microsoft), Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu (Neutral Digital).
On Monday 19 February, AVR London’s Joseph Robson and A-VR’s Felix Dodd chaired a talk and panel discussion as part of the Museum of Architecture’s programme, called ‘Speculative Technology: Augmented Reality and Everyday Experience’, where architects, designers and tech experts came together to explore the dissemination of virtual reality and augmented reality into mainstream and daily life.
Naturally the talk had a focus on their benefits in the architecture industry, but the audience were given insight into how the technologies are being used in other fields. Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg from design studio Space Popular discussed the new visual language of the virtual world, arguing that it was not a new phenomenon but a new challenge to adapt to. Maria Rakusanova discussed the new HoloLens which incorporates augmented reality into a fully “live-in” computer system and finally architect Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu discussed projects he’d been involved with incorporating AR in the gaming and leisure industries.
Felix and Joe then chaired the panel discussion between all speakers and addressed different aspects of where AR and VR are heading in the future, with many interesting ideas including sensory and psychological themes stemmed from architecture.