Invited by Center for Housing Innovations, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prof. FUKUDA Tomohiro from Osaka University delivered a speech titled "Recent Applications of Advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Architectural, Urban and Environmental Design Engineering Realm and Practice" to the students from MSSc in Housing Studies and MSc in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies on 27 October 2017.
Prof. FUKUDA analyzed influence of advanced technologies to urban planning
Prof. FUKUDA started the speech via the rate of suicide in Japan to state the social isolation among citizens. Regardless of various types of lifestyles, the livable lifestyles should be related to friendship, hobbies and jobs in Prof Fukuda's opinion. He introduced two case studies in Curitiba, Brazil and Melbourne, Australia, emphasizing that the advanced technology such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality makes great difference to the urban planning. Meanwhile, Prof. FUKUDA thought it’s tough to carry out a simulation study 20 years ago and showed how they simulated the 3D model of airport in his laboratory in 1995 via video. Then he elaborated the development of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Diminished Reality, Budget Reality, SLAM and SFM. In order to make a livable landscape and community, there are mainly three measures: simulate and visualized design, share 3D image and do feedback during design process, build consensus among stakeholders. Prof. FUKUDA also introduced the re-location of bronze statues via using VR and one of the most famous VR project is about Kitaro, an animation figure who enjoys great popularity in Japan.
Prof.FUKUDA displayed operation of VR technology on site
In the end, Prof. FUKUDA displayed the process of estimating 3D models from 2D sequential images which attracted the audiences. Students enhanced their understanding of advanced information and communication technology for urban planning and architecture through the speech.