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Metaverse Architecture – A New Realm for Architects


The term “MetaModernism” encapsulates the framework of the modern era’s sentiment, which is best described by an appeal to all. 

MetaModern Architecture is a movement that seeks to spread its ideas across various Metaverses, with particularly intriguing connections to Decentraland. 

Modern virtual architecture design technology like Virtual Reality (VR), Extended Reality (XR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Building Information Modelling BIM, etc have laid the foundation of the Metamodern Architecture movement and philosophy. 

Multiple disciplines, including architecture, design, and real estate, stand to transform as we move toward the next generation of the internet with Web 3.0 and the Metaverse. Innovations in technology open up exciting new opportunities for those who are developing in the metaverse as well as for leasing and renting out digital space, as well as for advertising.  

Architects, designers, and engineers are also becoming more conscious of their role in directing the development of this virtual environment today. 

Metaverse, Gamechanger for the AEC Industry? 

The physical-to-virtual transition in the global economy is significant, especially since the global COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Metaverse is an emerging and evolving technology that will allow you to meet with a client inside a proposed or existing building and change the design in real-time. Or for companies to host virtual spaces where designers from all over the world can collaborate via realistic avatars. A true digital twin—a virtual model that accurately reflects a real building and is updated in real-time—will also be possible. 

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Consider organizing an international gathering of project stakeholders to review the current state of a recently announced building project, address any problems, and map out the next steps. When the meeting starts, everyone dons a virtual reality headset and is taken to a virtual conference table where digital copies of themselves are watching a Building Information Modeling (BIM) virtual rendering of the finished project. 

Is this a possibility in the near future? 

Let’s understand the Metaverse first 

What is the Metaverse Architecture? 

The practice of developing buildings in an immersive digital environment where users may virtually interact with 3D models is known as metaverse architecture.

In today’s digital ecosystem it’s impossible not to come across stories, conversations, and open discussions about the Internet’s future and an audacious and aspiring new buzzword known as the “Metaverse.” 

Neal Stephenson coined the phrase ‘Metaverse’ in his 1992 book Snow Crash, but it only became widely known after Facebook announced it would change its name to Meta. The ultimate objective of the Metaverse, according to its creator Mark Zuckerberg and other supporters, is to build an alternate virtual world where everyone can live online. 

The recent generation of “connected devices” is evolving into more multi-sensory forms like augmented reality glasses, virtual reality headsets, and more, with a focus on 3D immersion, a sense of physical presence, and interactivity with our real world. 

The metaverse transforms content from the internet into 3D immersive environments that can be shared and interacted with by multiple users using the latest “connected devices” (often taking physical form as avatars.) Here’s where you can learn more about Extended Reality (XR). 

Metaverse Architecture and Decentraland  

The NFT phenomenon has accelerated the pace at which the world around us is changing. Due to their scarcity, just like real-world assets, businesses are producing digital assets with high value. Recently, demand in meta-architectural firms has outpaced supply, opening up new possibilities for architects to engage with and contribute to the design of this new digital world. 

Launched in March 2021, Decentraland is a blockchain-based virtual world. Decentraland Architects provide 3D design and architecture for clients who want to develop professional virtual properties. Providing highly desirable spatial attributes for millions of users implies that architects will be at the forefront of the metaverse. 

Metaverse – Bridging the Gap between Physical and Virtual Construction 

Architects can serve as a crucial link between the real and virtual worlds thanks to the AEC industry’s practice of creating digital twins.  

Architects have a thorough understanding of the projects because they often act as the project manager to collaborate with all the disciplines to deliver projects to the end-users, whereas the other consultants are more likely to be familiar with only a portion of the overall picture. 

A digital twin is a dynamic, current replica of a physical asset or set of assets, such as a building, campus, city, or railway, that combines design, construction, and real-time operational data. Decision-making is simulated, predicted, and assured by digital twins. In order to virtually “test drive” unbuilt structures, architects could run simulations that would create real-world scenarios. A digital twin tells the story of a building throughout its life cycle using data from connected sensors. testing to application in the real world. 

The metaverse could very well host many interesting implementations that host digital twins or scan data like point clouds and photogrammetry of exact locations. Utilize the resources creatively to create experiences and interactions for both domains. 

All the stakeholders can view and agree on how the project would eventually look and ensure that the finished product matches their vision without the need for costly rework, delays, or change orders. 

Metaverse and the AEC Industry – A Future of Possibilities 

The A/E/C (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry typically has a much lower profit margin than other industrial sectors in the global economy, it must utilize every technological advancement at its disposal to increase productivity. Other industries frequently use robotics, intelligent automation, and artificial intelligence, which boosts productivity. We believe that collaboration on projects will be more effective in the metaverse. 

Engineers, designers, and architects will benefit most from the metaverse in terms of improving collaboration. Augmented and virtual reality can be very helpful when moving away from the conventional office-based setup, as we’ve done over the past two years of the pandemic. You could easily and conveniently communicate with clients, demonstrate models remotely, and cut down on travel time by using VR and AR. Collaboration in virtual reality is much more effective and valuable than a Zoom call. 

Every key tool used in the daily operations of the AEC sector, including 3D models, collaboration, data visualization, project management, and web apps, is brought together in a common physical space where we can communicate in the Metaverse. Instant 3D massing, asset manipulation, interacting with building layers, and BIM data on a virtual clipboard are some examples. 

The metaverse is only a few clicks away from all of your standard work tools. Direct integrations with collaboration platforms like The Wild and IrisVR allow you to bring your work from Navisworks into shared spaces that can be accessed from anywhere. 

Additionally, Autodesk is expanding its virtual capabilities with platforms’ integrations, such as Autodesk Construction Cloud, guaranteeing that you can work on the go. Changes will always synchronize to immersive experiences thanks to recent Autodesk updates. 

However, the construction industry is one of the slow adopters and is still catching up while other industries are already utilizing the technology, as evidenced by past technological advancements. 

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It’s time AEC leaders made a strong first impression and took the initiative. 

The trick is that the AEC sector should prioritize virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) over the less clear-cut “Metaverse,” which has limitless potential. 

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