Sustainability in VR

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

We are building among an innovative virtual platform for teaching sustainability. The “planetarium” is an infinitely replicable virtual 3D classroom where teachers and students can meet vicariously to learn about social, ecological and economic systems. Our prototype planetarium is located in our virtual model of Shenandoah University’s Cool Spring River Campus in Bluemont, Virginia.

Inside, the cavernous planetarium conjures a space with infinite possibilities…

Future locations for planetaria include the Galápagos Archipelago, one of the most remote places in the world, famous for its unusual wildlife and for inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. We have built a scale 3D model of the Galápagos using publicly-available satellite data and height maps.

We are also experimenting with 3D models that may easily be viewed and manipulated on portable phones and tablets, as shown by this 3D model of a goat (click on image).




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