The contemporary world is both urban and digital. More than half the world’s population live in cities and more than half of the world’s population is connected to the internet. There are nearly as many mobile phones as people in the world and the gap is rapidly narrowing. These two mega trends of urbanisation and digitalisation, if harnessed well, present a great opportunity to contribute to sustainable development. Mixed reality, the technology explored in this report, holds tremendous potential for real-time digital visualisations, both at the street and neighbourhood level and the overall urban skyline and city grid. This new visually realistic blending of reality with virtual imagination can create a more intuitive space for planners, architects, residents and other stakeholders to viscerally experience and re-imagine future environments. Architectural sketches and designs can be made more legible and accessible, thus pulling users into the process of design and strengthening the long-term viability and buy-in of urban projects.
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