Virtual Reality and Historic Preservation
This thesis explores the factors involved in the application of virtual reality technology to historic preservation through a review of the literature on the history of virtual reality, two case studies on the use of virtual reality at Chinese heritage sites, and a social science experiment. The results indicate that virtual reality can facilitate heritage preservation through improved visual presentation and interpretation of site content, tourism management, documentation technology, public participation, and cross-cultural communication. Virtual reality technology challenges traditional preservation norms as it generates an immersive environment that meets the needs of a wider audience, regardless of place and time. Virtual reality technology enhances the interactive experience between heritage objects and users. As is the case for all human-computer interactions, virtual reality technology has a cultural component, which requires further research.
History; Human-Computer Interaction; Historic Preservation; Communication; Virtual Reality; documentary
Tomlan, Michael Andrew
City and Regional Planning
M.A., City and Regional Planning
Master of Arts
dissertation or thesis