The issue that my project seeks to address is architectural preservation. Everyday buildings are being torn down and new ones are being built so that developers can make money but we are losing or architectural heritage. Buildings are not just buildings, they are a lasting physical imprint of the lives of everyday people who have long been forgotten. They hold memories of their past inhabitants and they are the materialization of the labor of architects and builders.
My solution to this problem is an augmented reality application for a mobile device that allows the user to view the street they are standing on as it looked in the past by using historic photo archives and geotagging. I know that this solution will work because it was inspired by a personal experience. A neighbor once showed me a picture taken in the 1940s of the street I lived on. I couldn’t believe how much more beautiful my neighborhood had been. I had never cared about architectural preservation before then but it has extremely important to me since. After that experience I started paying attention the small details of old buildings and thought about how the architect must have put a great deal of care into each one. I believe that my solution will work because it is only the knowledge of what we have lost that can keep us from destroying what we have; awareness brings change.