PALLAVI SWARANJALI, Carleton University
STEVEN BEITES, Laurentian University
KATIE GRAHAM, Carleton University
Architectural Storytelling in Virtual Reality: How VR Can Expand on Architectural Perception
A piece of architecture tells a story through its material, composition, and occupants; however, the story is limited to what is visible to the visitor. Only a fraction of
the history is shown through the physical construction of the building, with the less tangible factors lost in other mediums, unable to present themselves in the
mortar and brick. As illustrated in the books Ways of Worldmaking, and Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, new understandings of reality are possible
through the reorganizing, emphasizing, and change of perspective of the contents in existence. By changing the way we see a building, we can alter or expand on its
story and reality. Immerging technologies, such as virtual reality, introduce exciting new avenues to explore storytelling in architecture that will expand on how
architecture is understood.
According to Devon Dolan and Michael Parets,1 virtual reality storytelling can be defined as having one of two classifications in both existence and influence.
Existence is the role the viewer takes which is either as an observer or as a participant. Influence is defined as the control or agency the viewer has on the outcome
of the story, defined as active or passive. To expand on this, we can define the experience as either communal or solitary to explain if it is a shared or private
The virtual reality storytelling types will have different results on how the architectural story is perceived. Through the application and comparison of each method,
this research proposes to examine how storytelling within virtual reality expands the visitor’s knowledge of the physical building.
1 D. Dolan and M. Parets, “Redefining the axiom of Story: The VR and 360 video complex,” in TechCrunch. (Jan. 14, 2016). https://techcrunch.com/2016/01/14/
redefining-the- axiom-of- story-the-vr-and- 360-video- complex/ (visited July 5, 2017).
TED LANDRUM, University of Manitoba
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SCOTT GERALD SHALL, Lawrence Technological University
NAHID AHMADI, Carleton University
DIETMAR STRAUB, University of Manitoba
JENNIFER SMITH, Auburn University
BRYAN HE, University of Manitoba
VALENTINA DAVILA, McGill University
LAWRENCE BIRD, Winnipeg
ELLEN GRIMES, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
NIKOLE BOUCHARD, University of Wisconsin
RYAN STEC, Carleton University
LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba
FEDERICO GARCIA LAMMERS & JESSICA GARCIA FRITZ, South Dakota State University
JOE KALTURNYK, Winnipeg
photo: Landon Lucyk [M2 Architecture]
The 2018 Atmosphere Symposium is co-chaired by: Lisa Landrum and Liane Veness with the support of the Faculty's Cultural Events Committee and the Centre for Architectural Structure and Technology (C.A.S.T.); web design and graphics support by Tali Budman (ED4 Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).
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