City gates are the symbol of my hometown Beijing, and they also are a part of memory that belongs to this city. However, the government dismantled some of them to build new transportation system, then the younger generation will not have a chance to see the original city gates anymore, maybe only look some pictures in textbook or search them on the Internet. The government to rebuild the whole city can create a better living environment, but should Beijing planners reconsider to save the ancient monuments as same important as urban renewal?
As a fact, the disappeared city gates already became the history, but is there any possible way to reproduce them with new technology? The answer should be yes. In January 2017, a Chinese web services company Baidu has released a new mobile app with AR technology, which is to allow people scan QR code or textured surface to see simulated city gates on the screen.
In my concept, the computer-generated map can show various information like geographical location, the process of change, and 3D modeling of the city gates. The visual effect could combine with text and soundtrack to show the change of Beijing in the past years. The goal of this project is to reveal the memory of Beijing, and remind people do not forget the history in this digital world as an educational tool.
©2017 Yujun Jiang