Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality

This project uses mobile technology to create an interactive map of a walkable route on Woodward Avenue. This walking route is equipped with location-specific augmented reality (AR) overlays. These overlays allow users to visualize the complex spatial networks that make up the city of Detroit. Building from Jeff Rice’s work in Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network, this open-access digital humanities project seeks to interrogate how iconic spaces within the topoi of Detroit and Woodward Avenue operate as virtual and actual environments. This website offers support for the mobile device application for Android and iOS devices that guides users through a digital tour of the physical space of Woodward Avenue.

Hover over each image to simulate an AR overlay effect. Images link to Youtube videos from the project.


This is a map of the locations augmented along Woodward Avenue in the walking tour which begins at Wayne State University and extends to Hart Plaza, where Woodward ends. Pins include links to the youtube video associated with each location. These videos are triggered in-route through the Aurasma app, but they can also be accessed directly through the map.

We welcome additional pins along this route. If you would like to recommend a location, please visit the Submit page.

This is a map of the augmentations along Woodward Ave with links to the videos which will be overlayed in each location. If it does not load, you may access the map through this link.


What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is an emerging technology that displays multimedia digital content onto a live-camera view of one's physical surroundings. Unlike virtual reality, which completely immerses the user, augmented reality allows the user to re-articulate and interact with their environment. In the image below (bottom-left), augmented reality is used to memorialize cyclist fatalities in the city of Jacksonville, FL.

Hover over each image to simulate an AR overlay effect. Images link to videos from the project.

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Getting Started with Aurasma

Download the "Aurasma" application to your Android or iOS mobile device. Then, search for and follow the channel "articulatedetroit" (all one word) in Aurasma. Activate the application's scan mode on your mobile device, and scan the Woodward road sign (to the left) on your computer screen.

Submit a Point of Interest (POI)

google map pin

What is a POI?

Points of Interest (POIs) are locations that have been augmented as part of the tour. Augmentations include images, video, or audio content associated with each location. These media are then overlayed in the location. We welcome suggestions for specific locations suitable for inclusion on the tour, and we value your participation. Please consider sending us information about your experience with the tour, a POI, or a location you would like to see included.

What Do We Want?

Send us your ideas for locations to augment on Woodward Avenue. We welcome audio, video, and images as well as text descriptions. Send us text and links to multimedia content hosted on platforms like Youtube, Vimeo, Flicker, and SoundCloud. If you have questions about uploading work, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may email the organizers with the files, links, or questions at articulatedetroit [at] gmail (dot) com (replace bracketed info with the appropriate symbol) or you may use the form on our Contact page.

Contact Us

If you have suggestions, questions, or comments for the organizers, please feel free to contact us using this form or by emailing articulatedetroit [at] gmail (dot) com (replace bracketed info with the appropriate symbol).