research/exhibit _ VISIONARY CITY iPHONE APP

The Visionary Cities Project developed an iPhone app in collaboration with Cheng+Snyder (

This app visualizes the visionary proposals for the city of Chicago and accompanies the Visionary Chicago Panorama as part of City Works, an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, May 24 – September 29, 2013. While the panorama composes a parallel unbuilt city within the confines of the gallery, the iPhone app makes connections to the existing city outside. Here, knowledge about these schemes escapes the gallery and ventures into the city. It allows users to locate and visualize past utopian schemes while traveling through Chicago, with the goal of encouraging playful urban speculation in the present. Download the free iPhone app here.

Press Coverage:
“Phantom Chicago: See the City’s Unbuilt Visionary Projects,” DesignBoom
“Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture,” The Atlantic
“Smartphone App Resurrects a Phantom Chicago,” CTBUH Global News

Supported by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at UIC.

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