Using Social VR System in Multidisciplinary Codesign

Hadas Sopher, Tomás Dorta

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Social VR (SVR) systems are potentially adequate to support remote collaboration by allowing multidisciplinary students to codesign through an immersive shared display and 3D sketching. These characteristics become substantial for Multidisciplinary Codesign (MC) courses with the appreciation of the skills gained as knowledge is co-constructed. In codesign, participants ideate and develop together a design solution through verbal exchanges and design representations, relying on each participant’s expertise. Considering that non-design students lack design skills, design progress becomes highly challenging. Research focusing on how SVRs support MC is limited, what hinders integrating SVRs in these courses. Aiming to demonstrate how SVRs are used in MC courses, we monitored MC sessions involving three universities, from Industrial design, Ergonomics and Engineering. Data include three sessions of three remote multidisciplinary teams using three interconnected SVRs and three sessions involving collocated Industrial design students using a single SVR. The verbal and representational activities generated during the sessions were analysed, accounting for elements of collaborative ideation. Results showed a dominance of Industrial design students in generating representations and collaborative ideation. A rise in 3D representations in advanced MC sessions indicates the SVRs’ role in the process, understandings that enable the integration of SVRs in inter-university collaborations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeCAADe 2022 - Co-creating the Future
Subtitle of host publicationInclusion in and through Design
EditorsBurak Pak, Gabriel Wurzer, Rudi Stouffs
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789491207327
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event40th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2022 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 13 Sep 202216 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
ISSN (Print)2684-1843


Conference40th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2022


  • 3D Sketching
  • Codesign Learning
  • Design Conversations
  • Immersive Learning Environments
  • Multidisciplinary Codesign
  • Social VR


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