The app has been created to coincide with the immersive, visual installation installed at the Developing City Exhibition in the City of London. It presents Gensler’s five re-imagined districts - Aldgate, Barbican, Shoreditch, Smithfield and the Thames - in a 360⁰panorama, whilst offering a walking tour to each of the districts, alerting viewers to the exact viewpoint from which they will be able to visualise the future.
The walking tour will visit the future sites of three new public parks, a new Global Tech Media Exchange, a Life Sciences Exchange, and an expanded cultural and residential community within the Barbican. They also reveal a proposed airport terminal for the City, an uncovered and restored River Fleet and a comprehensive new subterranean transport and utility network.
Gensler’s multi-disciplined team of designers and architects have been working with Virtual Viewing to create the bespoke Apple application, allowing iPad and iPhone user’s an innovative insight into its vision of the future. Using the device’s built-in compass, the app can determine the direction one is facing to enable the correct view of the future London panoramas to be displayed. Coupling this with the gyroscope and accelerometer in the devices and suddenly one can explore the futuristic 360⁰ panoramas as if you were really there. With the benefit of information embedded into the panoramas using touch activated hotspots, all the information about the design vision can be accessed simply and intuitively.