Paolo Villanueva
 
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See Level is an AR app that explores how Governors Island has been engineered to fight climate change.

Visitors will experience rising sea levels first-hand, see geoengineering inside “The Hills” and explore a new future for NYC. 

In collaboration with Lauren Malkani & Aarati Akkapedi
In partnership with NYC Media Lab & Havas Media

 
 
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OUTPUT

 
 
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HURRICANE SANDY + RISING SEA LEVELS

 
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We wanted to bring climate change to local level and look at NYC’s vulnerability as a coastal city. 

In 2012 hurricane sandy hit the east coast  and just in NYC there were 48 deaths many homes were re-zoned as being in flood areas, which in the future could mean a lot of displaced residents.

Scientists predict up to 6 feet of sea level rise in the next 100 years which poses a serious threat to coastal cities like NYC.

We wanted to avoid the doom and gloom conversation that exists in discussions about climate change and talk about it through the lens of a possible solution

 
 

BUILDING AND ISLAND

We started by taking a look back at the island which is mostly manufactured and wouldn’t be here today without man-made intervention.

As you can the original island was significantly smaller in 1910 and since been built up quite a bit with the addition of the hills which uses Geoenginnerring which is basically the process of using natural architecture and systems to fight climate change

 
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PROMPT

How can we use augmented reality to make climate change tangible on a local level and highlight Governors Island as a solution?

WHY AR?

Physical location
Use natural environment and physical location to add relevancy

Education through interaction
Interaction and education while exploring island

 

USER FLOW

Users would be prompted to download the app when arriving at Outlook Hill and from there they can engage with several AR experiences. 

As users are engaging with these experiences, they have the option to share a photo either on social media or with a local representative.

So the three AR experiences in our app are The Flood, The Hills, and the Augmented Skyline

  • The flood experience is about allowing users to see sea level rise in realtime

  • The Hills are about showing users how they are standing on a potential solution

  • And The Augmented Skyline is about exploring a new future for NYC

 
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SEE LEVEL TEAM

Paolo, Aarati, Lauren, Gonzalo, Stuart & Joe