Created by two architects, Ms. Cheng and her husband, Brett Snyder, Museum of the Phantom City is an iPhone application that is a virtual map to guide users around Manhattan to sites where â€œvisionaryâ€ architectural projects were planned but never built.
Whilst some works may be less known,Â big-name, big-idea architect like Buckminster Fuller are included giving an insight into the city New York could have been. A. G. Sulzberger of New York Times writes: “A mile-high dome shades Midtown Manhattan, an airport floats off Battery Park, Harlem is enveloped in a hulking megastructure literally lifting residents out of poverty, and the tallest building in the world, continuously under construction, sprouts from ground zero, growing without end”
The app uses iPhone’s location technology to detect when a user is near any of the roughly 50 notable sites, triggering a pink cloud that allows the user to learn about the proposal through the architectâ€™s foiled designs and words. The app works only if you are located in NY and even though available throughout the world AppStores, unfortunately you won’t be able to browse the sites. This is slightly disappointing but maybe worthy considering NY is such an incredible city that you have to be there to fully understand the magnitude and ambitions behind these proposals.
If you do live in NYC, we would love to hear what you thought of it. For now, I will have to wait for a London version although most probably would include ideas hardly as visionary as for NYC. If you are planning to visit NY soon, this should be one of your must downloads.
Developer:Â Mathbeat Industries, Inc.
Posted on: 03/10/2009
Posted in: iPhone