Imagining Future Scenarios for the Joint Security Area with Virtual Reality
How do you analyze a place when you can’t physically access it? This workshop investigates the Joint Security Area (JSA) located within the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as an example to answer this question. One of the main challenges in analyzing the Korean Demilitarized Zone and the Joint Security Area is its physical inaccessibility. The workshop explores how places with severe physical access restrictions can be built, studied, and experienced through virtual reality. The workshop will demonstrate how a three-dimensional space of the JSA can be created using data collected from Google Earth, crowdsourced images from social media, and online news media, and then experienced virtually with VR headsets. This workshop examines the advantages and limitations of VR technologies in better understanding inaccessible sites.