NAI developed UAR, Urban Augmented Reality, a mobile architecture application, which provides information about the built environment on the basis of text, image, archival material and film on an iPhone or Google Android.
By means of advanced 3D models, right in the middle of the city UAR shows you on your phone what isn't there. The city as it once was - for instance by showing buildings that once stood there. The city as it might have been - by showing scale models and design drawings of alternative designs that were never implemented. And the city of the future - by showing artist's impressions of buildings under construction or in the planning stage.
Augmented reality (AR): how it works
AR can be used on phones with a camera, compass and GPS. Point the phone at a building and you see the building on your screen with a digital layer of information on top. See, for instance, what the original design of that building looked like, or compare a design by a different architect.
New architecture network
In a very short space of time UAR has developed to become a broad mobile platform for architecture and urban design. Created from the ambition to make the NAI collection accessible outside the walls of the institute, UAR has become a widely supported platform in which numerous parties cooperate: architecture centres, firms of architects, art institutions, municipal archives, museums, local authorities and market parties. All information that is related to architecture and urban design in the widest sense of the word is available via UAR.