New R&D Project: Green City Planning with Augmented Reality

///New R&D Project: Green City Planning with Augmented Reality

New R&D Project: Green City Planning with Augmented Reality


We are very happy to inform you about the start of a new R&D project for more sustainability and against the consequences of climate change.

The R&D Project GLARA (Green Living Augmented+virtual ReAlity) is funded by FFG

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The key points of GLARA:

  • GLARA enables users to use a variety of devices (desktop, tablet, smart phone, AR or VR glasses) to navigate through a green city planning scenario e.g. proposed by a city administration.
  • Thanks to the use of AR and VR technology, the planning scenario is not only visualized for users, but also made accessible and experienceable interactively.
  • By connecting to microclimatic planning and simulation programs, users can simulate and experience the climate-relevant performance of different planning variants themselves.
  • GLARA visualizes the most important physical parameters, e.g. thermal comfort, and shows users how they change depending on the planning variant.
  • GLARA also allows users to e.g. by interactively planting trees, or by greening facades and roofs, to help shape the planning options yourself. In the course of the interactive participation, users are not only made understandable of the physical, but also ecological and economic effects of various planning measures. GLARA takes into account not only investment costs and budgetary framework conditions, but also follow-up costs (flood protection, artificial shading, air conditioning, etc.) in the effects of various measures.
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  • Through an opt-in, GLARA allows users to anonymously introduce their planning preferences, additions, suggestions for improvement, etc. into the planning process. Thanks to the possibility of connecting GLARA to relevant planning software (BIM, Auto-CAD, etc.), the client can use this knowledge particularly efficiently.
  • GLARA makes the planning process accessible and understandable. Whether directly in the area or from home – GLARA transforms the planning process into a visual and easily understandable experience, whereby language and other barriers to participation are to overcome. As a result, user groups (e.g. people with disabilities, migration background, socially disadvantaged people, etc.), who are not very involved, can also be better integrated into the planning process.
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