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Rotterdam has got a brand new toy: UAR!

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The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) has launched Urban Augmented Reality (UAR) : the world’s first mobile architecture application featuring augmented reality with 3D models. Starting today, you can see and experience the built environment of the past, present and future, via Layar Browser. The NAI has set itself an incredible challenge: to make the Netherlands the first country in the world to have its entire architecture viewable on smartphones thanks to augmented reality. From 30 June 2010, UAR can be downloaded from Android Market and the Apple App Store.

Augmented Reality
The principle of augmented reality is very simple: just point your smartphone at a building and get to see not only photos and video material but 3D models, scale models and interesting details and information about it. As of in the end of June 2010, you’ll be able to receive on your smartphone all kinds of information about the building currently on the site – along with details about what was there before, and what projects are planned there for the future. You can also add your own information about the building or plot out architecture walks taking in designs that particularly appeal to you.

Market Hall
The world’s first building to appear in three dimensions on the smartphone via augmented reality is the eye-catching Market Hall which is currently under construction in Rotterdam ’s Blaak area. The Market Hall was designed by architects MVRDV and is being built by Provast.

UAR will be available in Layar starting in December. At 30 June 2010, the application can be downloaded from Android Market and the Apple App Store. In this version, the entire city of Rotterdam will be viewable via augmented reality followed in October by Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Within the next 5 years, UAR is expected to have evolved into a complete national architecture guide.

Check the app out on YouTube:

If you’re interested, you can download it from App Store or Android Market.


R.U.A. – Reflexo on Urban Art

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 Mural by Gais - NAI

One of the great things about living in Rotterdam is the Summer Festivals. Never a dull moment during the summer. This year, they managed to organise a festival with results that last longer than the end of the festival. During the R.U.A. Festival (Reflexo on Urban Art) from July to August, 9 Brazilian artists have cheered up Rotterdam by making legal graffitis on large empty walls.

Although I haven’t visited all the sites where they have been working, here’s some photos of the graffitis I did passed by.

Mural by Horoiwa - Zadkine College Heer Bokelweg

I passed Horoiwa every day on my way to work. So I watched the graffiti grow into this beautiful wall painting. The work can be admired from a distance, but the details are worthwile too!  

 Mural by Horoiwa - Zadkine College Heer Bokelweg (detail of the face)  Mural by Horoiwa - Zadkine College Heer Bokelweg (detail of the hands)Mural by Horoiwa - Zadkine College Heer Bokelweg (detail of the face2)       










Not far from the grafitti by Horoiwa is one by Speto. It’s a completely different style, but also very interesting. It cheers up a wall next to an oldfashioned and very ugly and desolate  parking area at the Delftsehof.

Mural by Speto - Delftsehof

A more colourful mural can be found at the corner of Kruisplein and West Kruiskade. It is made by Onesto.Mural by Onesto - KruispleinMural by Onesto - Kruisplein (2)








Just around the corner from Kruisplein is a mural by Onio which is really interesting. Here’s just a detail. Go see it yourself. It’s at the Mauritsplaats, next to where the Pauluskerk used to be.

Mural by Onio - Mauritsplaats (detail)

For more information you can check out this site: You will for instance find this map here, which you can download as a pdf.

Map R.U.A. Festival