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Professor Nagakura's Multirama Augmented Reality featured in Autodesk's Tokyo Pop-Up Exhibition

Professor Takehiko Nagakura’s Multirama Augmented Reality project will be included in the Autodesk Gallery Tokyo Pop-Up, from October 23, 2015 through November 8, 2015, in the Ba-Tsu Gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo.

The project began with a workshop at MIT where students conducted a survey of Andrea Palladio’s Villa Foscari, 1560, through photogrammetry software tools and drone-mounted video cameras. This source material resulted in Multirama AR, a tablet-based software which acts to construct, organize, and display various three-dimensional models of the villa. The project takes the position that traditional means of representation––plan and section, photographs and scaled models––translate a building into useful but fragmented and otherwise isolated elements. Multirama AR attempts to reconcile this isolation by bringing together drawings, photographs, contemporary modeling tools, and film, among other medias, to regain a kind of total visualization. The result is a series of three-dimensional reconstructions of Villa Foscari which are capable of interacting with one another, within the tablet-based software, and alongside real-world drawings and models.

For more information, please visit: cat2.mit.edu/multirama

Villa Foscari on Multirama AR (2014-5)
Developed by: Takehiko Nagakura + Woongki Sung

Collaborators: 
Howard Burns, Daniel Tsai,  Diego Pinochet, Victor Leung, Chin-yi Cheng, Nikolaos Vlavianos
Special thanks to Professor Antonio Foscari

Original device development: 2012
Revisions: December 2015 and July 2015
Field expeditions in Italy: March 2013, March 2014 and March 2015

Funding provided by: 
Autodesk Education Division
Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SUTD-MIT IDC Pilot Research Grant
Gift of Evelynn Doone
Gift of Daniel Tsai