As technology continues to advance, it is important for designers to consider (and guide) how such technologies will affect and be injected into environments. This is particularly true for the long-promised technology which is now gaining ground in its development – the hologram. It has been reported that at Brigham Young University an “Optical Trap Display” is making it possible to project an object in real 3D space. (1) This can occur as a “base releases a tiny opaque particle into the air and moves the particle in a predetermined path, illuminating it with a laser”. (1) Now, you may ask: What does this have to do with the design of environments?
As holograms continue to progress, I believe there will be three key ways in which they will impact the environment, and how people experience and perceive place. The following are three critical ways the hologram can fuse, augment, or extend real-world environments.
As you can see, the development of holograms has the potential to create some very interesting perceptual changes to the way we think about space in the real-world. And once developed and in use, holograms will present some very exciting opportunities to augment space (environments). While the hologram is not yet within your immediate toolkit as an architectural designer, its advancement does pose some interesting questions, and concepts that should be explored. After all, such technological developments can benefit from explorations by architectural designers about their impact and ability to bring positive change.
Ask yourself the following question: How would I use hologram technology to improve experience for my project’s building occupants? While this may be a hypothetical question now, your answer may have real impact for future environments or for the ongoing development of hologram technology, as it makes its way into our lives.
(1) Dymoke, N. (2018) Hologram Technology Finally Advances to Blade Runner Levels. [Accessed Online: February 11, 2018] http://bigthink.com/articles/hologram-technology-finally-advances-to-blade-runner-levels/
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