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October 3, 2016

A virtual 3D playground for architects and artists.



Designing with virtual hands. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Archiverse is a virtual reality program where you put on goggles, enter a 3D space, and use your hands to create and shape buildings, pavilions, sculptures— pretty much anything. You can invite friends to join you and collaborate in the space, and even 3D print objects you create. Archiverse is the master’s thesis project of architect Jacob Hamman, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

JACOB HAMMAN (Archiverse and Harvard Graduate School of Design):

It’s actually not limited to architects. In fact, it’s something that anyone can use. So you start to work with these shapes— blocks, spheres, triangles— and using your fingertip can sketch and draw doodles in 3D space.


At a recent science conference, I was able to climb in and quickly start building things, limited only by my complete lack of design sense. You can check out Archiverse at I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.   

Story by Bob Hirshon