Simultaneous remote urban co-design network
Research Project, 2019 – 2022

The project proposes to create the first two nodes of a unique visualization network for remote collaboration in the urban design process.

It will harness the potential of the Gothenburg open 3D-data initiative and allow the users to collaborate in true multi-user Virtual Reality (VR) setting, integrating mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) system for projection of virtual environment on-site and on physical scale models.

Having the property developers’ perspective as the main focus, the remote stakeholder collaboration using innovative visualization is expected to increase efficiency and quality of stakeholder dialogue and input during the design process.

In addition, the project will enable inclusion of diverse stakeholders in the urban development process by creating compatibility between multiple platforms for input and output of data; Large scale touch screens, desktop computers, mobile phones, VR headsets, AR devices and physical 3D models.

The project uses Akademiska Hus’ campus developments in Haga, Linne, Rosenlund, Vasa and Gibraltarvallen in Gothenburg as test beds, identifying the operational work processes and the key phases for implementation.

The output of the project will be 1. a technological system for remote design collaboration and dialogue, 2. operational work package for implementation of the system during the planning process in different phases, and 3. two initial nodes of network of remote collaboration and visualisation.

Seeing a trend with more open data initiatives from public actors in Sweden, the concept is expected to expand. There are a number of visualizations centers that are potential future nodes of the network. It is aiming to develop a new way of using digitalization to improve the quality of stakeholder inclusion and shared knowledge, and to reduce the time and budget of development processes.


Jaan-Henrik Kain (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Hyekyung Imottesjo

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning


Akademiska Hus

Göteborg, Sweden

Atvis AB

Gothenburg, Sweden

Johanneberg Science Park AB

Gothenburg, Sweden

Lindholmen science park AB

Gothenburg, Sweden



Project ID: 2019-01819
Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2022

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