Grant Supports Research on Use of 3D GIS for Historic Preservation Analysis

October 17, 2014

CRP's Jennifer Minner, assistant professor, has received a $33,650 grant from the National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). The grant will support a project titled "Visualizing the Past, Present, and Future of New York City's 1964–5 World's Fair Site Using 3D GIS and Procedural Modeling." The project will test the 4D GIS capabilities — 3D visualization with an added time dimension — for historic preservation and cultural resource management.

Using the Flushing Meadows Corona Park site in New York City as a pilot area, Minner, the principal investigator (PI) on the grant, will assess the degree to which 3D procedural modeling can support preservation professionals and the general public in understanding landscape change and analyzing planning alternatives for large-scale sites.

Students in Minner's urban design course, Sustainable Adaptation of Large Modern Footprints, have already been analyzing Flushing Meadows Corona Park using GIS. This grant adds a new dimension to the research. Preservation and planning students will be further engaged in the project over the coming year, and the results will be shared with preservation professionals and the public on a research blog and in subsequent publications.

CRP's Associate Professor Jeffrey Chusid is co-PI on the project. Members of the research team include Professor Michael Tomlan and Associate Professor Thomas Campanella, both from CRP, and Andre Hafner, director of AAP IT Solutions.

By Rebecca Bowes

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