The top second industry that suffered the most during this pandemic is entertainment. Cinemas and theaters are closed, live concerts and festivals are canceled. This pandemic caused a lot of financial loss for the industry, but it also created a space to reinvent, reimagine and branch out to alternative digital realms.
Feeling connected it is a very important component of preserving the sense of normalcy. So, could architecture professionals recreate familiar environments in the digital world and facilitate chance encounters online? Most likely – yes. With the help of gaming professionals, architects can create a platform that closely resembles various natural environments of the city for people to virtually meet and connect. The key differentiating aspect of such space would be chance encounters – not planned, not programmed nor scheduled virtual hangouts, but also planned and organized digital meetups and events. The platform will provide a sense of meandering through space and an opportunity to program your own experiences and encounters.
Such a platform is currently under development and is called re:connect. Once fully designed and launched, it will test its capacity and incorporate multiple programmatic layers to make a richer range of experiences. First and foremost, it will allow users to explore either familiar settings or artificially created 3D environments. Re:connect will allow each user to create an avatar and explore the space digitally. Many people in isolation lack social interactions, but they also lack the sense of novelty that getaways and hangouts with friends used to bring. It is important to have a support network, but it is also important to attempt and preserve something that we used to have before the pandemic.