Usually a decision theatre is a long-term facility in a city or institution. Here are two main parts of using decision theatre as a participatory planning method:
The infrastructure of decision theatre
Usually, the core component of a decision theatre is a curved wall of faceted screen, together with tracking devices and stereo surround sound, providing immersive virtual environment. Participants are often semi-surrounded by the screens, in a way that can enhance interactions between each other as well as between participant and the visual information. Behind the scene, a computer or server with sufficient computing capacity should be available to realize the functions such as visualisation, real-time rendering, data analysis, etc. Other supportive technologies and equipment like VR/AR devices can also be equipped in the decision theatre.
The content presented in the decision theatre should be customised according to the screens and interactive equipment to maximize the theatre’s effectiveness. In addition to being presented by the presenters, the content is better to be explorable for the audience.