Cool Stuff for (Toronto) Architecture Lovers

I have to admit, I love gadgets. This is a pretty cool idea so let me share it with you.

Still in its infancy, this free app for iPhones and Android phones uses geo-positioning for an interactive downtown architectural experience like no other.

Hold the phone in front of you, and the phone’s camera shows the view in real time; “floating” on top of that view are photographs of architectural landmarks in close proximity. Walk towards a landmark and its photo grows larger in a modern-day version of the “You’re getting warmer” game; tap that photo and layers of information appear. In some cases, it’s an archival photograph of what occupied the site a century ago; or floor plans and concept sketches; in all cases, the Ryerson app will deliver text information on the building explaining why it’s significant.

The Ryerson Architecture Mobile App is the brainchild of Professor Vincent Hui . Dave LeBlanc at the Globe & Mail wrote about this app recently and spoke with Professor Hui about the inspiration for this app and plans for expansion to other cities in the future.

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