On the validity of immersive virtual reality as tool for multisensory evaluation of urban spaces

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The Europe2020 document indicates a new strategy to turn EU into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. At local level urban planning policies may help to reach these aims. Several research works proposed the Immersive Virtual Reality as tool to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions. Nevertheless people's perception within virtual environments still needs to be verified. In this study, two groups of participants had to provide subjective measures related to the global, acoustic and visual quality of a real environment or of a multisensory reproduced version in Immersive Virtual Reality. Outcomes highlight the ecological effectiveness of this multisensory tool.

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Maffei, L., Masullo, M., Pascale, A., Ruggiero, G., & Puyana Romero, V. (2015). On the validity of immersive virtual reality as tool for multisensory evaluation of urban spaces. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 78, pp. 471–476). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.703

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