Website and VR experience

The Life of Buildings is a long-term initiative that aims to record and represent buildings as virtual models in real space - to create 'ghost cities' visible using smart glasses. This first phase, funded under the AHRC/EPSRC 'Immersive Experience' call, has developed a VR application that allows users to experience the case study building (Manchester Reform Synagogue) and to view other digital history embedded into the virtual model. The project is fully reported one the website (link below).

Project Details


Manchester Reform Synagogue, Jacksons Row.

Project Start Date

March 2018

Project End Date

December 2018




Arts and Humanities Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Council


The Modernist Society, Archives+, Oxford Archaeology North


Dr. Kevin Tan, Dr. Ben Edwards

Project Staff

Professor Richard Brook
Professor Richard Brook Professor of Architecture & Urbanism View profile