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Field Trip! AIA and Niantic Labs Partner on Mobile Architectural Landmark App
The AIA has joined with Niantic Labs at Google as a premier audio content provider to launch a new version of the Field Trip smartphone app. Field Trip runs in the background on your smartphone. When you get close to an architectural point of interest, Field Trip pops up a written description and an audio interview with an AIA architect about it. Using this app, listeners can get an inside look from the architect’s perspective of the built environment around them in Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
On the heels of the AIA National Convention in Denver, listeners will get design commentary and the history of some of the Mile High City’s most celebrated architectural landmarks, including Fentress Architects’ Denver International Airport and Studio Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Denver Art Museum. Other national landmarks include William Thornton and Benjamin Latrobe’s United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Edward Durrell Stone’s Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Available for iPhone and Android users, Field Trip provides a unique avenue for architects to enhance their connection to the public, demonstrate the value of design, and promote physical engagement with urban environments. Starting on Aug. 24, Field Trip will host a series of historic neighborhood tours of Brooklyn, London, Los Angeles and Seattle, where app users can discover the hidden histories of these cities with Field Trip as their guide.