digital architecture research alliance
DARA takes its roots in the emerging and computable patterns of cities and cultures. Hereby digital instruments aid the evolution of these patterns and allow the designer to lead spatial design towards a multi-dimensional and – nodal integration of form, function, space, genius loci, context and culture.
DARA explore urban and architectural design to support a “twenty-four plus one” hour active usage, whereby the additional hour relates to added value of the digital design exploration. Parallel Realities play a crucial role in achieving and engaging with this vision.
DARA - VASE Studio
DARA is a collective of students and faculty from the Victoria University School of Architecture and Design. The group employs the latest in digital technology for academic research within the emergent field of digital architecture. DARA is involved at all levels within the School, running undergraduate courses, providing unique summer scholarship opportunities to students and supervising a thesis stream for the Master of Architecture program.
DARA operates within the Virtual & Augmented Studio Environment (VASE) located in the Te Aro Campus. VASE is fully equipped with the state of the art in digital technology including virtual reality devices, augmented reality technology, motion trackers, pupil/eye-tracking cameras, hemispherical displays, and computer software.
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