Mortise and Tenon

Commonplace 770

Creator

Yikai Zhang

Related Programs

Graduate Program in Digital Futures

Year

2016

Synopsis

Thousands of historical buildings in China are experiencing severe problems such as funding shortages, low market attention, and poor renovation. These problems are turning into a vicious circle where more and more Chinese historic buildings are experiencing irreversible damage – an important cultural problem concerning the preservation of Chinese traditional culture.

The mobile application enables people to see and learn about these sites via smartphone and Google Cardboard. In the AR scene, users observe the 3D model of the historical building in 360-degrees, and gather extra information via panels of presented images, maps, and texts. When the user switches to VR mode, they experience a panoramic virtual tour of both the exterior and interior of the building. These two modes together provide users a coherent and comprehensive concept and experience about a historical building.