A group of students at Perth University, in Australia, in collaboration with real estate agents,supported by architectural firm Studio Halton have designed a 3D accessible house with videogames´ software, developed by PropIntel which can be visited with augmented reality, with the aim of raising awareness and bringing universal design to more people.
This project has not only an awareness function, but also to get other perspectives and change the minds of construction professionals, as accessible housing has to stop being related only to wheelchair users, and start being considered as a house able to accomodate and meet the needs of anyone. Above all, universal design principles in houses can be and needs to be affordable, aesthetic and fosters independent living.
This software is an effective and valuable tool as it combine the 3D image with “calculating cost, populating quotations and other project documentation”, being this information sharable and updated. The prospectives of this programme is to be offered worldwide.
Technology is a great tool to improve the accessibility conditions of every places, but also to help students and proffessionals to understand the projects they are working in. This tool tried to inspire and refresh students of the needs of the population they are and they will design and construct for.
Undoubtedly, is amazing how creating synergies and taking advantage of technology a better proffesionals can receive different points of view.