Temporal Maps


Principal Investigator(s)

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levantCarta/Beirut: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of Coexistence

An online mapping platform that illustrates the urban evolution of Beirut, over its entire history as well as across its social, cultural, and religious diversity. Primary sources, such as views of the city, historical maps, archeological surveys, and architectural projects are located in time and space while their associated visual and geographic data are integrated across multiple databases (including an open-access digital library of images, a geographic information system, an open source relational database, and a content delivery web service). [read more...]

Farès el-Dahdah

2018

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pilotPlan: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of Brasilia

The long-standing project that led to the transfer of Brazil’s capital city, from coastal Rio de Janeiro to the country’s interior, has a legacy of information that begins with the expedition reports of 19th century geographers and that has since included 20th and 21st century urban design proposals, aerophotogrammetric surveys, spatially-defined datasets, widely published photographs, and 50+ years of satellite observation. When brought together in a relational database, disparate data streams not only produce unprecedented ways of depicting the prehistory, design, development, evolution, and projections of a city built from scratch but also set a precedent for constructing data chronologies from diverse sources. Such an integrated approach will facilitate the historical reconstruction of an entire city and provide a foundation from which to project future societal and environmental impacts as the city grows and responds to external factors. [read more...]

Farès el-Dahdah

2018

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instituteRice: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of the Rice University Campus

The goal of instituteRice is to create an online mapping platform that illustrates the evolution of the Rice University campus, as it existed as well as it has since been imagined. Primary sources from the Woodson Research Center, such as photographs, historical maps, and campus plans, will be located temporally and spatially while their associated visual and geographic data will be integrated across a number of databases (including an open-access digital library of images, a geographic information system, an open source relational database, and a content delivery web service). [read more...]

Farès el-Dahdah; Melissa Kean

2017

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imagineRio: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of Rio de Janeiro's Social and Urban Evolution

A searchable atlas that illustrates the social and urban evolution of Rio de Janeiro over its entire history, as it has existed and as it has been imagined. Views of the city created by artists, maps by cartographers, ground floor plans by architects, and urban plans by city leaders all drawn from iconographic, cartographic, and architectural archives around the world—are located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data are integrated across multiple databases and servers. It is an environment that offers new ways for historians to visualize specific sites of inquiry, for architects and urbanists to see proposed design projects in situ, for literary scholars to map out novels, and, among others, for archaeologists to delaminate the layers of their complex stratigraphy. [read more...]

Farès el-Dahdah; Alida Metcalf

2011