Immersive Collaboration for Urban and Rural Planning

Think about it, letting everyone in your town virtually walk a model of the 3 playground or park redesign options.  No sitting in a crowded room, listening to a elder droning on about how their neighbor’s dog pooped on the lawn at a meeting set at a time we can’t attend, in a room too small to support us, with the board members picking and choosing who gets to speak up…  We are the tax payers, the home owners the workers, the dinner cookers, the tuition payers, the parents, the business owners…  These meetings do not work for us, we can’t fit, can’t attend….  So, the outcomes do not represent us well.  This is not good engagement with the town, city, state that we financially create…

Now bring it to an immersive collaboration tool such as Terf®, every single person in your area can come into the location virtually at any time, walk the 3 options for the redesign for this park, this neighborhood, and they can see it, vote or leave a quick video snipit on their comments.  They can be greeted by a video of the Mayor, the contractor the architect, or meet the real Mayor, contractor, architect…

Understand this is where multi-media is now with an immersive platform.  It is there for us, for you.  It is going to continue to grow so that we can have what we need for work and for our lives.  This is real enrichment stuff.  Not hooking up with your old college pals you don’t really want to be with anyway.  Immersion enables the engagement at a level that truly removes our distances.  Immersive tools like Terf® can support this use case now, these impacts are being tested already,  adjusted and improved.

Think about how this 1 use case could and will change urban and rural planning for us all.  I want a say in my city’s design, I pay for it, don’t you?  How exciting this evolution on engagement!

Stanford’s PBL lab has done impressive work in this area for over 8 years with Terf® (formerly Teleplace).  PhDs are being awarded for this work and urban design is meeting some of its future here.