By Brian Schultz
The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has launched a self-guided tour that allows people to learn more about the city’s buildings by using their smartphones.
Participating buildings have been equipped with decals containing QR codes that can be scanned with a mobile device. Once activated, the visitor is connected to the Foundation’s website with information on the specific building, the architect and contractor involved, and a narrative of notable architectural features.
Some of the locations taking part include the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, as well as the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Hydro, City Hall, the Centennial Corporation Complex (Museum, Planetarium, Concert Hall) and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Additional buildings will be added on a ongoing basis.
The project aims to directly engage and educate both residents and visitors alike, providing accessible information about Winnipeg’s sometimes under appreciated built environment.