How can digital maps and 3D models help us to understand the past? What are the theories that inform the use, methods, and impact of 3D technologies, and what are the implications for scholarship?
In this course, students explored the use of digital methodologies for the spatial modeling of historical places and events. Critical issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the past were covered, as well as technical skills in digital mapping and modeling with tools such as Google Earth, SketchUp, ArcGIS, and CityEngine. Students gained knowledge in the theory and practicum of digital humanities as well as an understanding of spatial approaches to historical material.
The class created 3D models of the different house typologies and collectively produced a 3D Map of the historic Loray Mill village that was exhibited to the public at the Loray Mill History Center open house in Gastonia, NC.