Ever walk by a construction project in the city and wonder what the site will look like one day? Well, a team of seven seniors at Northeastern has created a new app for that.
For their interactive media capstone, the students developed what they call arc—a mobile application that bridges the gap between architects and the public in regard to city planning. Here’s how it would work: Architects upload project specs, and community members walk to the construction site and use an iPad’s camera-view feature to see an augmented reality overlay of the proposed building over the current site. Users could view details like foot traffic, wind patterns, and the building’s shadows throughout the day, and then post feedback directly to the architects.