in the Public Realm
Maps to Apps - The Digital Cityscape
August 14th, 2012

Center for Architecture, New York City
Co Sponsors: NY AIA Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee

Peter Kuttner FAIA, President, Cambridge Seven Architects
Franziska Amacher AIA, Principal, Amacher Associates
Ann Beha FAIA, Principal, Ann Beha Architects
Ross Miller, Artist

Lance Jay Brown FAIA DPACSA, Professor, Bernard & Ann Spitzer School of Architecture, City College
William Menking Editor, The Architects Newspaper

Moderator: Abby Suckle FAIA, President, cultureNOW, Vice President AIANY
Welcome: Joe Aliotta AIA, Pres, NYAIA
Intro: Rick Bell FAIA, Exec Director NYAIA Ernest Hutton, Co-chair of the NYAIA Urban Design Committee

Sponsor: ABC Imaging

The advent of digital technology and the near universal adoption of the smart phones and the iPad have inspired many cities to experiment with using digital technology both for cultural tourism and for planning. In a couple of years the technology has developed from cell phone tours to QR codes placed on civic buildings. The just launched iPad app for the London Olympics 'London: A City Through Time' transforms an entire encyclopedia's worth of content into a tool for understanding the archaeology of a city. Probably the first attempt to use state of the art technology to take the pulse of a city and then share it was in Boston with the Where's Boston exhibition at the Prudential Center in 1975. This summer cultureNOW is surveying Boston again through the lens of its Museum Without Walls / iPhone app. This symposium examined the project and looked at it in the broader context.