Enabled Landscape

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The enabled landscape, the intersection of our landscape and our digital world

Term coined by Irish geographer J.H. Andrews - and described in relation to AR in an article in 2018 by Chris Mcalorum

From the article

"The enabled landscape is the future of augmented reality

What if the world’s knowledge was not a click away, but at a glance? What if technology enabled your narrative to intersect and interact with the land around you? And what if this was accessible not to a few, but everyone? This type of ability is within reach and is what I call the “enabled landscape.”

The enabled landscape is augmented reality that intersects with the landscape. Or to describe in another way, the enabled landscape is personal computing that enhances and amplifies the physical experience of simultaneously arriving at and travelling through the landscape via seamless and live computer-generated sensory inputs (graphical, video, or sound information) that are uniquely associated to that place. Landscape being both the visible features of an area of land and how they integrate with natural or human-made elements and also the historical, cultural and personal significance of the landscape, its sense of place.


Another way to think of it is as a new medium. Humans have communicated knowledge of earth and our interaction with it via such mediums as stone, timber, papyrus, and paper. In this context, the medium of one-way personal computer screens, together with connectivity via the internet, was an extraordinary leap forward, reaching more people than ever before. Now a medium of glass, a two way, real-time, personal display offers a revolutionary, order of magnitude greater tectonic shift of such communication.

The concept builds off the term “paper landscape” coined by Irish geographer J.H. Andrews 60 years ago. A “paper landscape” was used to describe the most detailed mapping survey of an entire country ever achieved at the time, accomplished in Ireland over 170 years ago. It also refers to the select geographical areas (primarily in the north of Ireland) where every possible aspect of the landscape from its place name, archaeology, visual recordings, its productive economy were recorded  —  even in places the fashion sense!  — was captured and shared with the world. An extraordinary, never before achieved, a world first, technical innovation combined with liberal art sensibilities.

By the nature of the effort multiple sectors and industries would benefit as the world could be understood better. Culturally, the work would directly influence some of Ireland’s and humanity’s most celebrated literary works  —  James Joyce’s encyclopaedism, Samuel Beckett’s abstract landscapes, John Synge’s overlapping scales, and Seamus Heaney’s investigation of place, each a ground-breaking formal literary innovation. An enabled landscape is both the data and the tool to serve our next generation of creatives."



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