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“HIGHRISE: Universe Within explores how the virtual and urban interconnect.”
Universe Within is a web-based interactive documentary that explores the digital lives of highrise residents around the world. Guided by three “digital-native” point-cloud avatars, the user explores various stories around the world—from Baku to Guangzhou to Ottawa and beyond–that relate to our global, networked society. Some of these stories include monitoring of elderly parents via sensors, offering an olive branch to former enemies through Facebook, using a robot as an extension of the physical self and providing security and a sense of community through Whatsapp. The project uses WebGL technology that enables real-time, interactive 3D graphics for the web browser, creating a dynamic and immersive aesthetic.