The Brickyard Orchid House houses both the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) and Decision Theater, a highly interactive environment where scientists and policymakers can meet to discuss the creation of a sustainable desert city. Decision Theater’s main feature is “the Drum,” a 260-degree faceted screen that can display panoramic computer graphics and 3D video content. Decision Theater also offers a variety of tools and technologies to facilitate participant feedback and interaction. The cutting-edge technologies in Decision Theater allow researchers and policymakers to use sophisticated modeling applications to visualize current urban conditions as well as the potential consequences of behavior, climate, and policy changes. Visualizing future scenarios enables policy-makers to make well-informed decisions that can lead the urban areas of Central Arizona toward a more sustainable future.
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