IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: ‘Chinese ruins transformed into museum’

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image: Dezeen website

…first-ever architecture conference held in virtual reality…

…most ambitious virtual space we’ve ever built…

Dezeen writes:

Space Popular designs world’s first VR architecture conference as alternative to ‘boring’ Zoom talks

Marcus Fairs comments: Architecture studio Space Popular has designed the venue for Punto de Inflexión, the first-ever architecture conference held in virtual reality.

Held on 21 and 22 October and featuring speakers including Peter Cook and Carme Pinós, the Punto de Inflexión conference was held in nine virtual rooms set out in a grid inspired by Barcelona’s street plan.

‘It’s the most ambitious virtual space we’ve ever built,’ said Fredrik Hellberg of London-based Space Popular. ‘As far as we know it’s the first of its kind in architecture.’

Attendees selected avatars in the lobby area before navigating along circulation routes to rooms containing architecture exhibitions, watching movies in a cinema space and attending talks held in a large amphitheatre.

They could also network with other attendees by chatting with them in chance encounters or arranging meetings….

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