PMA Enters The Tablet Age

 

Patrons of the Philadelphia Museum of Art survey the collection with its new interactive iPad application. | Photo: Jason Sherman, for Technical.ly Philly

Patrons of the Philadelphia Museum of Art survey the collection with its new interactive iPad application | Photo: Jason Sherman, Technical.ly Philly

  • Technical.ly Philly’s Jason Sherman considers the ways the Philadelphia Museum of Art is marrying the worlds of fine arts and modern technology, including the museum hosting its first hackathon in March and the release of an interactive iPad app in which patrons can use maps—and the 280 georeferencing iBeacons installed throughout the complex—to familiarize themselves with the works of its world-class collection through detailed analyses. “This is a way to make the museum more of a social gathering,” said interactive developer Peter Alt. “This isn’t a library, we want people to talk and interact. And what better way but by using sound, visuals and more in-depth information all in a fun and unique app?”
  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will award Parks & Recreation with $600,000 of federal TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program) grants in order to install new lighting along the Manayunk Bridge Trail, which opened in the fall. Flying Kite talks with Preservation and Capital Projects Manager Rob Armstrong, who says that while there is no definite timeline as of now, the grant does require the project to be complete by next year.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, HUD secretary and potential Hilary Clinton running mate, announced yesterday $355 million in funding toward permanent housing units for the homeless, with more than $43 million of that marked for the Philadelphia area, reports CBS Philly.
  • Check out Snøhetta’s latest rendering of Temple’s $70 million state-of-the-art library, granting—as renderings are wont to do—stunning views of its 46,000-square-foot publicly accessible green rooftop. The roof will be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania when construction wraps up in fall 2018.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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