Experiencing the Italian Pavilion in Virtual Reality
User Experience Design for Services: Tourism Design Project
by Dr Jeni Paay
Initial case study: a VR-led recreation of the Italian Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition of 1937.
From their inception in the mid 19th C, international expositions have been sites for global, technology-led design innovation. The project will produce impact though research-led innovation in the fields of architectural history and design that will contribute to developing Swinburne’s ‘innovation ecosystem’ by integrating our resources and producing high value-added outcomes through design-led innovation.
This project uses VR digital technology and interaction design to reproduce these innovative designs, and allow users to experience them as they were intended, by getting perceptual access to the spaces and interior designs, and a feel of the size of these architectural exhibits. In short, the VR system being designed will bring architectural history out of the pages of a book and into the realm of experience. In this way, we can learn from past innovative design thinking, and apply it to innovation design for future cities.