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Architect Greg Lynn Discusses Advantages of HoloLens to Design Buildings

While Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) HoloLens isn’t yet accessible to the general public the company is still doing its utmost to promote the device. The Redmond-based firm has partnered with a long list of companies and developers around the world to create apps and explore the various benefits a MR device can bring, Microsoft even partnered with NASA and sent HoloLens to the International Space Station (ISS). A little more down to earth architect Greg Lynn has been using the device on a recent project, revealing the advantages MR technology could bring to his industry.

Lynn is the owner of Greg Lynn FORM and professor of architecture and urban design at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. His practice along with 11 others were selected to represent the US at the 2016 Venice Biennale, a highly prestigious event in the architectural field.

He was then commissioned to redesign the mile long Packard plant in Detroit, Michigan, which has been abandoned for 50 years. Partnering with Microsoft, Lynn used the HoloLens along with Trimble’s MR design software to conceptualize and showcase his work.

Lynn comments in the video below: ” I’ve spent my whole life trying to get things from geometry into the physical world. HoloLens is going to bridge that gap between the two dimensional and the three dimensional and physical space, and that’s architecture.”

To get your hands on  HoloLens you need to be signed up to the Windows Insider programme, be based in the US or Canada, and have a spare $3000 USD for just one headset.

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