2011. A smartphone-based augmented-reality app developed for Freshkills Park, the 2,200-acre former landfill site on Staten Island. The experience was constructed using the Layar browser, which makes use of a phone’s camera, GPS, compass and accelerometer to enhance what is seen with a layer of digital information. Users are able to view the landscape through their phone, andFreshkills Park+ provides relevant information, audio, video, links and downloads in real time.
The project was a collaboration with Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena of media architecture studio Med44. The use of a smartphone app to provide information to site visitors doesn’t just provide the opportunity for a handheld self-guide–it also responds to site constraints. Physical, foundation-supported signs are not currently a viable option on site due to the vast network of underground landfill infrastructure.