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Dr. Kate Holliday -- "Mapping DFW: Exploring Architectural History using GIS"

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time: 12 noon-1:00 pm
Location: UT Arlington Central Library, Parlor (6th floor)


How do cities grow?  Why do we build them the way we do?  Who decides what buildings get built – where they are and what they look like? What does the architecture of our cities tell us about our own cultural histories?  As an architecture historian, Kathryn Holliday asks and answers these kinds of questions.  She is the author most recently of the book Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012) and serves as the Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. For GIS Day, Dr. Holliday will discuss a current project focused on the history of DFW as stored in cartographic maps and images.  For the past three years, Dr. Holliday and her students in her course ‘The Life of Cities: Modernism in Context’ have taken scanned maps from the UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections and georeferenced them using ArcGIS software.  By overlaying these georeferenced maps atop each other, students and other researchers are able to begin to piece together the architectural and broader history of the region.  Once georeferenced, Dr. Holliday’s students compiled metadata and converted the maps into Google Earth format.  This semester (Fall 2012), UCLA’s Hypercities Project, a leader in digital humanities resources, is beginning to spotlight these DFW maps.