How can designers leverage the affordances of technological networks and immersive environments to improve geographically dispersed collaboration and communication?

The Hybrid Lab research project will deploy a networked XR (eXtended Reality) environment in which a series of design build challenges will be executed. The environment will be used not only as a digital twin (for virtual scouting and in-situ testing of models) but also as a real-time platform for distanced collaboration between the researchers, designers and clients.

The project is led by Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) who also provide the networked XR environment platform and knowledge around the use of such technologies. Muthesius University (Kiel) will advise and conduct research concerning social interaction and identity in collaborative immersive environments. UAU Project (Warsaw) and The New Raw (Rotterdam) are design studios who work extensively with parametric design methodologies and 3D printing: each studio will develop and test new “urban furniture” within the Hybrid Lab networked environment before manufacturing and situating the works in physical space.

This project has been made possible through European funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.