The Urban CoCreation Lab—An Integrated Platform for Remote and Simultaneous Collaborative Urban Planning and Design through Web-Based Desktop 3D Modeling, Head-Mounted Virtual Reality and Mobile Augmented Reality: Prototyping a Minimum Viable Product and Developing Specifications for a Minimum Marketable Product
Journal article, 2022

Both policy and research highlight the importance of diverse stakeholder input in urban development processes but visualizing future built environments and creating two-way design communication for non-expert stakeholders are challenging. The present study develops an intuitive and simplified 3D modeling platform that integrates web-based desktop, virtual reality and mobile augmented reality technologies for remote simultaneous urban design collaboration. Through iterative prototyping, based on two series of workshops with stakeholders, the study resulted in such an integrated platform as a minimum viable product as well as specifications for a minimum marketable product to be used in real projects. Further study is required to evaluate the minimum level of detail in the 3D modeling necessary for good perception of scale and environmental impact simulation.

virtual reality

minimum marketable product

mobile augmented reality

minimum viable product

web-based desktop 3D modeling

integrated 3D modeling platform

collaborative urban designing


Hyekyung Imottesjo

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Jaan-Henrik Kain

University of Gothenburg

Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

20763417 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 2 797

Simultaneous remote urban co-design network

Formas (2019-01819), 2019-12-01 -- 2022-11-30.

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Interaction Technologies

Other Civil Engineering

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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