HIT Lab's CityViewAR app in UC CEISMIC

One of the latest additions to UC CESIMIC is a collection of material from HIT Lab NZ's mobile application, CityViewAR.   

CityViewAR is a mobile Augmented Reality application that allows people to see what Christchurch's CBD looked like before the earthquakes and subsequent building demolitions. Using an Android mobile phone, people can walk around the city and see life-sized virtual models of buildings before they were demolished, as well as photographs and historical information, overlaid on the now vacant site.


The HIT Lab NZ Collection in UC QuakeStudies holds the photographs and historical information used in building the app. These were gathered from a variety of sources, including NZ Historic Places Trust, the Christchurch City Council and the National Library of New Zealand, with the aim of creating an outline of culturally significant buildings or blocks of buildings in the CBD.


In our ever-evolving city, efforts to document the changes are becoming increasingly important. This collection will become an essential resource for remembering our built heritage and examining Christchurch's past, present and future.


Image sources:

  1. Auckland City Libraries: Sir George Grey Special Collections, 35-R309
  2. Ross Becker, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported