Walking Architecture

Author: Andy Hartwell

In partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Birmingham Architecture Association and the Birmingham Five Counties Architecture Association (BFCAA), Substrakt designed and developed an iPhone application and website to represent Birmingham’s finest architecture.

The objective was to create an application that appealed to both users who are interested in architecture, and the general public who either may have an interest in the buildings that they interact with on a day-to-day basis, or who are visiting and keen to learn more about their surroundings.

Information about buildings is available in list format, or viewable on a map. The app also uses GPS to filter buildings that are near you at the time.

A number of buildings are collated into tours within the app. These are themed, e.g 20th Century tour, and can be individually curated while building information can be tailored for that particular tour. Users can use GPS within the app to help guide them on the tour.

All the data (buildings and tours) for both the website and application is easily managed from a central web based database.  The application is built natively using Objective C.

Visit the website to download the app: