Virtual Redevelopment Project (VRD)
The Virtual Redevelopment Project (VRD) is a new web-based program that depicts select homes in Watts in 3D, and provides a space for collaboration, creative expression, and a shared vision. The VRD, conceived by Edgar Arceneaux, enables homeowners to work creatively with artists, architects, and designers to redesign the colors and shapes of fences, outside walls, landscaping, front doors, and other exterior areas of the virtual home. As a receptacle of ideas, the VRD enables creative professionals to upload new designs and visual improvements for the virtual models. Through discussion, exchange, problem solving, and the creative process, homeowners and creative professionals present a complete and new visual representation of the home. After the family approves of the designs, the virtual is made real with the help of volunteers, donated materials, and supporters. The VRD is about transforming the places we inhabit by providing a space where communities can reshape their neighborhood through art, technology, imagination and self-determination.
Verold is a 3D design company that allows CG (computer generated) artists to showcase and experience 3D projects together in real-time, collaborative spaces. The Verold Studio is the foundation of a web-based platform that brings together artists, programmers, and consumers. Verold Studio makes 3D content universally accessible, enabling richer experiences across a range of areas. This includes gaming, geographic applications, marketing, art, and eduction.
University of Southern California
Students from the USC School of Architecture, under the direction of Professor Victor Jones, are working with WHP to measure, photograph, and provide preliminary models of the homes in Watts. Professor Jones, assisted by students Gordon Au and Adan Macias, are working with the Watts community to understand the issues that affect South Los Angeles. The imperative of Professor Jones’ teaching methodology is to train students in ‘real world’ issues and to rethink problem solving through collaboration and community building.
VRD is made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.