Beauty Lies in the Headset of the Beholder

Architecture has always been a project of megalomaniacs, who believe to know best what the “little man” needs. Although the Idea and the Vision belongs to the elite, real life of the public space, with its failings and brutal miscalculations, is open for everyone to judge. In a world where the strongest tendency is individualization of all content, from entertainment to news and advertisement, architectural and urban projects stand as the last refuge where the shared perspective is destined to dominate. My fear is that AR, MR and VR can become the perfect tools to permanently seal our personalized bubbles. Used as impenetrable shields from other people’s perspectives, these individualistic vision devices will enable us to completely ignore social and climate justice issues inevitably present in the urban domain.