29GPS Architecture: A geo located guide to architecture in your pocket

  • 30 Jun 2009
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In my opinion, the has opened a complete new world of interaction in our hands and for me has been a very valuable tool in terms of productivity. Thanks to its mobile broadband capabilities, it allows you to be connected almost everywhere and download content very fast. But one of the most amazing features is the built-in GPS, that allows you to get content related to your immediate surroundings.

But it´s not just maps or directions. For example, Architecture (developed by 29GPS) makes a very good use of this feature, featuring a daily selection of contemporary architecture and telling you exactly how far you are from it.

For example, works like the Hollywood House by XTEN or the recently opened Standard hotel in NY are presented with a set of photos (and even a video), with a radar (green,yellow or red, depending how far you are from the building) and a view that allows you to see the building pin pointed over Google Maps.

A very good app if you are traveling around and want to discover new architecture around. And the best of all, is that you can download this app for free (it contain some ads, see screenshoots ). There are two different versions of the app depending which measure system do you use, with the distance in either kilometers (download with iTunes, free) or miles (download with iTunes, free).

Screenshots and more info after the break.

Main screen, allows you to select the buildings, you can go page by page swiping with your fingers.

Introduction to a building. you can tap the arrow or swipe to see photos. Note that the radar tells how far I am from this house. If I was closer, it would be either yellow or red.

Tapping the radar, it takes you to a live Google Maps view. You can zoom in and see more details.

The recently opened Standard Hotel in NY is not only featured with photos, but also with a video:

Cite: P, Amber. "29GPS Architecture: A geo located guide to architecture in your pocket" 30 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=27347>
  • Archlad

    Ideal for architects with iphones ;)

  • http://www.variousarchitects.no Jim Dodson

    Where’s the Arch Daily App?

  • jGo

    Shouldn’t it have the ability to show you stuff/filter projects that are around you? Could have been a great travel app if it did that.

  • Guy

    Here’s a link for the UK iTunes store app…


    …although they don’t seem to have any buildings in the UK covered!

    On reflection that’s actually quite a good review of the state of modern architacture in the UK at the moment.

  • Eberhard

    29GPS Architecture it is not in the german shop…

  • http://www.blog.tropicalismo360.com tropicalismo360

    Is this app social – can users add buildings?

    • HowardG

      Is that T for twit?

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  • Tom

    Fine! I am waiting for the archdaily
    version for the iphone
    browser… :) are you working on it?

  • borki

    Hmm… I’m not sure this program works the right way… It’d be better if, at least in one case, if it told you where buildings were around you, as does the “Around Me” program for the iphone.

    Otherwise, the GPS seems reaLLy slow and the ads drive me a bit nuts.

  • Xav

    I totaly agree with borki. It doesn’t work the right way. It could be a good application, but it isn’t.

  • Otis

    great idea, hopefully a fully functional canadian version will be available for the android at some point.

  • http://www.blog.tropicalismo360.com tropicalismo360

    A mini review here http://bit.ly/1rR2IF

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  • Michael Linder

    Browsing to archinform.net with the new iphone os 3.0 shows the next interesting buildings around you. Just use safari, no app is needed!

    • DB

      Thanks, Michael Linder! Archinform is just the ticket.

    • giannisimo

      this archinform site made my day!

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  • http://chezmartin.blogspot.com/ Martin LAVIELLE

    thanks !