Beyond the overview effect: a virtual reality experience for sustainability awareness in decision-making
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Scurati, Giulia Wally (1); Dozio, Nicolò (2); Ferrise, Francesco (2); Bertoni, Marco (1)
Institution: 1: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Department of Mechanical Engineering; 2: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Section: Design Methods
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.78
The challenges of sustainable development require a consistent transformation of decision-making practices in society and in the industry. In this regard, Virtual Reality (VR) is an effective tool, providing experiences that are not accessible in the real world. The overview effect is a feeling of interconnectedness and responsibility towards our planet and its inhabitants described by astronauts after seeing the Earth during spaceflights. We present a VR application merging the overview effect with data visualization. We illustrate the design process and perform a pilot test to assess the emotions raised by the VR experience. Furthermore, we report feedback from design engineering and sustainability experts discussing the applications' potential in decision-making contexts, including product development processes.