Phantom City Alternate NYC

Phantom City is an iPhone app sponsored by the Van Alen Institute that superimposes alternate futures of New York city on the actual landscape.

Users can view images and descriptions of speculative projects ranging from Buckminster Fuller’s dome over midtown Manhattan, to Antonio Gaudi’s unbuilt cathedral, to Archigram’s pop-futurist “Walking City,” all while standing on the projects’ intended sites.


(Phantom City iPhone app )

Science fiction fans were treated to some great views of this kind of augmented reality displays in novels like Vernor Vinge's excellent 2006 story Rainbows End.

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