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VRSolar: An exploration in Web based interactive architectural teaching

, University of Southern California, United States

University of Southern California . Awarded


This thesis explores the possibilities of using the World Wide Web as a medium for architectural teaching. To fully understand the capabilities of the Web as a teaching medium, a web based program named VRSolar was developed. Accessible on the Web in any part of the world, this program can dynamically and interactively calculate the solar positions for any location on earth and indicate the solar access to a given site in the form of a 3-dimensional web page, which the user can view, navigate through and animate. VRSolar runs within a Web browser such as Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer and is written in JavaScript. JavaScript can generate new text based web pages and also pages in Virtual Reality based on the user input.

Along with the program, the users have access to help files, which assist them in learning solar concepts and theories. A list of useful Web resources and some other tools like conversion tables and programs to convert other 3-dimensional models to VR scenes are also a part of the program.

The thesis confirms the hypothesis that the World Wide Web can be used for the development of interactive and dynamically variable teaching tools, which architects and students of architecture can make use of.


Jain, A. VRSolar: An exploration in Web based interactive architectural teaching. Master's thesis, University of Southern California. Retrieved April 19, 2021 from .

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