The Collaborative XR Design Lab ~ The Island - 2022

Interaction, Virtual Reality, and Spatial Web

UCLA - Architecture and Urban Design - M.Arch students - Spring 2022


The Collaborative XR Design Lab investigates the future of spatial web and immersive social spaces. We have entered since 2020 a new digital era with internet technology, Web 3.0 – or the spatial web – where interfaces, computation, and data have drastically changed. The virtual universe built for this lab is a research tool designed to shift the way we think and design spaces. We design in Virtual Space collaboratively and in real-time, we build, freehand 3D draw, and inhabit the spaces we create at a one-to-one scale. Join us and design with us!



We have entered since 2020 in a new digital era with internet technology, we are now in Web 3.0 or the spatial web where interfaces, computation, and data has drastically changed. The virtual universe built for this lab is based on these cutting-edge technologies. The interfaces we use are no longer only smartphones, but we are moving into extended reality with interactive wearable XR devices. The computational logic is no longer done through apps and cloud computing but through distributed computing using artificial intelligence. Our information and data are no longer on the cloud but migrated to a distributed ledger technology using blockchain.


The Collaborative XR Design Lab investigates the future of spatial web and immersive social spaces by designing an Island for our avatar Traders, Explorers, Dwellers, and Farmers. The Lab is divided into four users, the Traders design the Marina and the Bazaar, the Explorers design the beaches and cultural spaces, the Dwellers design housing and parks for their dogs, the Farmers design land, and algae farms. We model each user’s avatars, buildings, infrastructure, asset packs, and mood boards through extensive research. This virtual universe is design for this lab and uses Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, and WebXR through a laptop.




Episode 1 ~ Virtual Self >>> Avatar
Episode 2 ~ Virtual Place >>> Buildings
Episode 3 ~ Virtual Street >>> Stuff







Students work by UCLA - Architecture and Urban Design - M.Arch I and II - Spring 2022 Technical developer: Folly Feast Lab
Islanders: Miranda, Angel, Jingjing, Xiting, Yatian, Krishna, Abtin, Jocelyn, Yuhao, Yuning, Muyan, Maggie, Yiran, Haowen, Insia, Indu, Kamila, Edu, Yitong, Yang, Ziwei, Qiuying, Moto Rui, Yuzhou, Muxi, Marina, Mao, Hongye, Kaibo, Yueh, Chihping.

Yara Feghali / 2022