Digital Topographies. Using AR to Represent Archival Material in Urban Space

  • Sebastian PranzEmail author
  • Simon Nestler
  • Klaus Neuburg
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In this paper we discuss how Augmented Reality as a form of spatial computing can contribute to the concept of a “mediated city”, and tackle possible problems that we understand as conflicts between different modes of spatial perception. In reference to Spatial Sociology we assume that space includes a physical dimension as well as a social dimension and discuss a multidimensional framework to analyze AR applications. We argue that spatial computing provides a digital topography that creates new ways of understanding and orientation as well as multidimensional problems. As an example we present an immersive city tour we realized in Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia in 2018 in collaboration with the city’s archive and the Ministry of Culture in NRW.


Mediated city Augmented reality Spatial computing Location awareness Ubiquitous computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MediaMacromedia University of Applied SciencesMunichGermany
  2. 2.Fakultät InformatikTechnische Hochschule IngolstadtIngolstadtGermany
  3. 3.Department Lippstadt 2Hochschule Hamm-LippstadtHammGermany

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