Human interaction with the environment is mediated by multiple senses. By optical, tactile and acoustic perception, the human mind can capture important information about the environment. Virtual reality is a new tool for contemporary design, moving away from conventional methods - visual and acoustic immersion is able to create a myriad of sensations in the human brain, building a new form of spatial representation and modifying the design process. In the digital era, software and apps effectively "reduce distances", allowing user to meet other people, hire services or receive ads selected by smart algorithms based on user’s interests, changing the relationship between humans and public space.
The Amaral Gurgel Avenue has a significant historical relevance in São Paulo, and went through many transformations along the years. Now, it will be transformed once again by the conversion of the Elevado Costa e Silva into a Park. This workshop is going to explore the projections for this new public space for the future, in the framework of the new contemporary lifestyle. Using generative design tools to work with responsive answers in the design process and generate options and VR to experiment the space’s physical perception with multiple senses because of flexibility and higher efficiency, the approach will be the investigation of emergent public spaces combining the virtual and the real world.