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Understanding the design: A qualitative study of architecture and urban planning visualisation techniques in a public consultation setting
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Visualisation of proposed plans and designs can be done with a number of differenttechniques within the field of architecture and urban planning. But which visualisationtechnique is best suited when presenting a design proposal at a public consultation? Is therea breaking point where the user can form a general understanding of the proposed designdepending on the degree of fidelity? To seek answers to these questions a qualitative studywas conducted where five different visualisation techniques were tested on ten users toassess their understanding of a proposed design. Our findings show that there is not asingle best visualisation technique for public consultation. Based on our results thepreferred alternative would be a combination of several techniques. We could also see thatthe general understanding of a space increased until a certain degree, and after that adeeper more detail oriented understanding was achieved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 31 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 2016.32
Keyword [en]
HCI, human computer interaction, visualisation techniques, visualisation, virtual reality, VR, virtual environment, VE, head mounted display, HMD, architecture, urban planning, public consultation
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126135OAI: diva2:981298
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Master's Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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