Visualizing Invisible Environmental Data in VR: Development and Implementation of Design Concepts for Communicating Urban Air Quality in a Virtual City Model
Paper i proceeding, 2023

As cities continue to grow, the desire to combine densification with sustainability and greenery may present a challenge to air quality, resulting from reduced ventilation caused by dense buildings and vegetation. To support the careful urban planning required, effective and interactive tools that can visualize and communicate information about air quality to stakeholders are essential. In a transdisciplinary research project aiming to explore such visualizations a prototype pedagogical virtual reality tool was developed, allowing users to explore the impact of aspects of the built environment upon urban air quality. The tool was evaluated with adolescents in upper secondary school through interviews and observations, as well as with the general public through a questionnaire study. This paper provides insights, potential solutions, and initial assessments relevant to data visualization in 3D and immersive analytics in urban planning and stakeholder communication. Identified challenges include difficulties with color association and data distinguishability, and as well as tool complexity relating to the many features requested by experts involved in a transdisciplinary project.

Usability study

3D-city model

Data visualization

Virtual reality

Air pollution data

Urban planning


Clara Larsson

Högskolan Väst

Beata Stahre Wästberg

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign och Software Engineering

Daniel Sjölie

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign och Software Engineering

Thommy Eriksson

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign och Software Engineering

Håkan Pleijel

Göteborgs universitet

Communications in Computer and Information Science

1865-0929 (ISSN) 18650937 (eISSN)

Vol. 1819 CCIS 253-267
978-3-031-37189-9 (ISBN)

20th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures, CAAD Futures 2023
Delft, Netherlands,

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Building Futures (2010-2018)


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