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How the technology behind ‘Fortnite’ is being used to design IRL buildings

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The video game Fortnite Creative has gathered a global audience of millions with a simple proposition: The game enables players to build virtual spaces and easily experience them with others. It’s the digital, multiplayer version of a sandbox, or the equivalent of a pile of Lego bricks that anyone around the world can come stack.

It’s all fun and games. But it’s also the kind of accessible building and design tool that has relevance beyond playtime. Increasingly, the technology behind Fortnite and other video games is being adapted for use in the very real world of architecture, urban planning, and development.

[Photo: Courtesy Lumen]Ken Pimentel, the architecture industry manager at Epic Games, is focused on bringing the company’s video game visualization engines—the entry-level Twinmotion and the advanced Unreal Engineinto the world of architecture. These tools are used to turn digital models and drawings into 3D virtual spaces that can be augmented and adjusted in real time.

Like the video games they’re typically used to power, Twinmotion and Unreal Engine can make an architectural model into an easily navigable 3D environment that........

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