‘What kind of balance do we want to achieve of residential, professional and living purposes, and what sort of quality of life do we want to create? How do we ensure that our plans are both accepted by local authorities and turn into economic successes, and how do we involve all stakeholders in our plans as closely as possible? After all, we can’t get anything done without the support and involvement of the community.'
'A small selection of the questions which must be answered in complex area development projects: by professionals (including area planners, urban developers and architects) and aldermen, information managers and municipal policymakers. In these types of urban-planning projects, it is virtually impossible to identify the coherence between all these specific components, and that happens to be one of the most powerful aspects of Virtual Reality (VR).’
Virtual reality in area development
As Geodan Extended Reality (XR) expert Edwin Fennema is only too aware, the structuring or restructuring of existing or new areas presents a complex challenge: a challenge in which different professionals and disciplines need to work together and find the right balance together with stakeholders. Using Virtual Reality to experience and explore future plans reveals the complexity of the plans, improves cooperation and increases participation and the likelihood of support from local residents.