Optimizing Placemaking of Urban Open Spaces Using a Mixed Reality Approach

Elhoufy, Arwa and El Sayad, Zeyad and Bakr, Ali (2022) Optimizing Placemaking of Urban Open Spaces Using a Mixed Reality Approach. Mobility, Knowledge and Innovation Hubs in Urban and Regional Development. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2022, 27th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 541-551. ISSN 2521-3938

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The quality and momentum of urban open spaces are key parameters for assessing the social, economic, and environmental aspects of a city. Public spaces need to be permanently attractive to human activity. Studies presume that the use of mixed reality technologies to create changeable upgrading interactive designs and uses of urban open spaces will encourage people to spend more time outdoors and make public spaces more attractive. This paper provides timely and empirical information to help practitioners and researchers better understand MR technology for architecture and urban design, specifically for open spaces used as recreational, social, and economic spaces. The study included a simulation of a developed plaza with models of mixed reality combined with physical elements of the plaza, taking into account the activities and behaviour of the users of the square. The surveys were conducted in Saad Zagloul Square in Alexandria with different social criteria, activities, and formation. The initial results of using mixed reality for urban development and place-making show its approbation of users and citizens. They also show the possibility of developing the experience in an easier way to reach all citizens by using it directly through their mobile devices. Therefore, the public presence and interaction with public open spaces and with the architectural elements, such as the facades of the surrounding buildings and elements of landscape and hardscape is positively affected. This leads to enriching social cohesion, and economic activity, preserving the environment, and enhancing sustainability through the development and changeable designs of spaces without using any materials, thus reducing the ecological footprint of open public spaces in the short and long term. Further research seeks to validate the results by applying the study on more open spaces in Egypt.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interaction, Dematerialization, Multiuse, Urban Open Spaces, Cyberspace
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2022 17:48
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2022 13:58
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/941

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