3rd Proceeding International Conference on Applied & Creative Arts: Beyond Boundaries (ICACA)

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Research Title: 
Evaluating the Use of 3D Computer Visualization to Support User’s Participation in Architectural Design Process
Ahmad Saleh
Ahmad Rafi
Peter Woods
Wed, 2011-07-06
Research Abstract: 
The process of architectural design nowadays is complex not only due to the design demand but also because of the possibilities of computer tools that allow users to explore and develop design using computer models, virtual environments and other form of interactive applications. The majority of these models are developed at a later design stage, have relatively short life spans and are often abandoned once the project reaches its conclusion (Paranandi and Sarawgi 2002). This paper aims to evaluate the use of three-dimensional (3D) Computer Visualization (CV) in supporting the user’s participation in the architectural design process. According to Whyte (2002), 3D CV can either be used in the design process to fully involve the users in making decisions through a participatory design approach, or to give a more limited range to make changes. It gives the users greater opportunities to understand and possibly participate in the design process (Batty et al. 2000; Kwartler and Longo 2008). In contrast, it may also mislead (Franz 2005) and not represent reality (Schaik 2010) . As a result, the role of 3D CV and the users’ participation remain unclear. In this research, a semi-structured interview was carried out involving thirteen architectural practices in Malaysia primarily to evaluate these issues. It then reports the early findings of the survey that will be used as part of the recommendations on the role of 3D CV and its contribution to design participation.