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Issue 5.2

Gaming Engines: Unity, Unreal, and Interactive 3D Spaces

Game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal Engine have emerged as valuable architectural practice and research tools in recent years. While perhaps most often used as a way for architectural renderings to take advantage of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), architects and designers have long recognized the opportunity to use these tools beyond simple visualizations as they are well suited for tasks such as displaying inherently three-dimensional building data, interacting with the physical world through scanning and mapping technologies, or interfacing with immersive hardware like VR headsets. The ability to customize user experiences, connect to external data sources, and use the latest immersive hardware are reasons practitioners and researchers might consider using a game engine for their next project.

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