The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has joined with Niantic Labs at Google as a premier audio content partner to launch a new version of the Field Trip smartphone app. The app is available for iPhone and Android users and it runs in the background of a smartphone. When a user gets close to an architectural point-of-interest, Field Trip pops up a written description and plays an audio interview with an AIA architect about the particular project.
“This app brings people closer to the underlying reasons that shaped a project, voicing the architect’s insights into its ultimate look and feel,” said AIA CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA. “And hearing from the actual designer not only provides unique historical context to projects, but also helps bring buildings and spaces to life.”
Users of the app will get an inside look at the built environment in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Denver. Field Trip allows architects to enhance their connection to the public, to demonstrate the value of good design and to promote physical engagement with urban environments.
Niantic Labs is hosting a series of Field Trip Day events in Brooklyn, London, Los Angeles and Seattle, where app users can discover the hidden histories of these cities.
Founded in 1857, members of the AIA consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business, as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing communities, institutions, the nation and world.