New App, Developed with SoA, Demystifies Pittsburgh Architecture

Used with permission of over,under

Used with permission of over,under

Pittsburgh has long been known as an architectural hotspot, but the new app Jaunt Pittsburgh brings its architecture to life with a breadth and depth of detail rarely seen before—all at a user's fingertips. Designed by over,under in collaboration with CMU's Architecture Librarian and Archivist Martin Aurand, past faculty members Kelly Hutzell and Rami El Samahy, and alumnus Phillip Denny (B.Arch '15), the app is the first in a series of architectural guidebook apps designed to connect residents and visitors with information about a city’s built environment. 

A curated collection of historic and contemporary buildings, the app allows the user to navigate the city in three ways: through a grid of icons, by way of a list view that can be sorted by architect, location, date, or other characteristics; and via a navigable map. Each building is represented by photographs and other images, text with descriptive and historical information, a list of additional reading, and a thorough set of tags that connect it to other structures in the city.

According to Aurand, the app "has unusual breadth—it showcases Pittsburgh buildings as well as industrial and infrastructural sites dating from the city’s founding to the present. It includes rare archival images from the Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives, and is particularly strong in its inclusion of modern and contemporary projects."

From its early days as a frontier fort to its apogee as America’s industrial hub to its reinvention as a high-tech center for the creative classes, Pittsburgh’s history and geography have inspired many prominent architects, planners and engineers. Jaunt Pittsburgh celebrates the extraordinary legacy of an American city in an informative and accessible manner. 

To download, visit, or search for Jaunt Pittsburgh on Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.