AR City by Philip Poon
The London 2012 Summer Olympics was labelled the first truly ‘Digital Games’ allowing people to watch it anywhere anytime. AR City started with the idea of creating a truly Digital Olympics.
Virtual worlds are compressed into a modern cabinet of curiosity. People now constantly carry Internet enabled devices, from smart phones and tablets, to proposed watches and glasses. People can and are, now all seamlessly navigating between the virtual and the real. If people are constantly elsewhere what is a place if those who are physically present have their attention on the absent?
Robert Venturi noted that the industrial age sparked a new way for designing space and that the iconography of the commercial and information age was doing the same. So what about the Digital Age? From the starting point of a Digital Olympics the project progressed to designing a city that will allow this to happen. In the near future could there be a city designed with a language for the digital? Cars crave petrol as much as our mobile devices crave battery power, could battery-charging hotspots replace petrol stations?
So the ‘Augmented Reality City’ is a re-imagined London, designed with a new language and specification of architecture aimed to be recognized by a smart device.