Thinking Inside the Box with AR
Citizen Mag

“...Today we see knowledge as something more open and dynamic. We have moved towards new media, like Wikipedia, which can be updated in real-time and edited by all its users. This new digital frontier poses challenges for an educative architecture, signifying a move away from static cues, a la the Oxford Museum, to more fluid and transient methods of communication.

This is why augmented reality (AR) is such a powerful prospect for architects. AR interfaces (like smartphones) overlay digital elements into the space you inhabit. Where the Oxford Museum’s capitals were carved in sandstone, the detail of tomorrow’s architecture could be a virtual skin. AR would align the way we experience architecture with how we learn. AR elements, as digital fabrications, can be updated as readily as a webpage, unlike cumbersome and costly traditional materials. AR can be participatory: gestures, speech and movement can all be cues to change the space you inhabit, to perhaps reveal new details, uncover urban histories, or leave a mark. If we experienced architecture through AR it could be open both to change and to public participation; it would be a contemporary mode of architecture to not only learn in, but to learn from...”