[des-Fi]XR: Envisioning future spaces with XR technologies by using design fiction


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Moralioglu B., Gül L. F.

eCAADe 2023: Digital Design Reconsidered, Graz, Austria, 20 - 22 September 2023, pp.873-882

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.52842/conf.ecaade.2023.2.873
  • City: Graz
  • Country: Austria
  • Page Numbers: pp.873-882
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

We present an innovative approach to envisioning future architectural spaces by combining Design Fiction principles and Extended Reality (XR) technologies. With the advent of XR technologies, human actions and interactions within spaces may change, necessitating a rethinking of architectural design. This anticipated change reveals a significant gap in current design practices, which typically do not account for such technological influences. In addressing this gap, our study contributes by offering the [des-Fi]XR tool, designed to facilitate collaborative discussions and stimulate innovative thinking among architects and designers. Through the design of immersive environments, the [des-Fi]XR tool allows for the investigation of speculative design scenarios for future architectural spaces in response to evolving human behaviors shaped by XR. A-Frame, an open-source framework, has been utilized in the development of [des-Fi]XR to ensure accessibility across a broad range of devices. This study presents [des-Fi]XR tool to envision future spaces with XR technologies by incorporating a design fiction kit and A-Frame. We discuss the methodology, design principles, and development of [des-Fi]XR, along with a short analysis of its benefits and drawbacks. Finally, we conclude our research by exploring avenues for future research in this field, further highlighting the importance of filling the existing knowledge gap to anticipate and respond to the future of architectural spaces shaped by evolving XR technologies.