Real-time visual simulation technology has the potential to radically alter our understanding of historic urban environments. Unlike fixed computer animations, real-time technology allows interactive exploration of the modeled site, thereby creating unprecedented opportunities for experiential interpretation and innovative pedagogy.
The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 is a perfect test case for the educational applications of interactive computer models. The first file on the exposition model was opened in 1997 under the auspices of UCLA’s Urban Simulation Team. The project is now supported by IDRE. Plans for dissemination beyond the UCLA campus have yet to be determined. Inquiries from instructors, scholars, or institutions interested in collaboration or educational applications are welcome and should be directed to Lisa M. Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org). Special thanks to The Brinson Foundation for supporting the work on the South Pond, Wooded Island, and the state buildings; and to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for providing opportunities to share this project in public presentations. All content provided on this site is for educational use only; all rights reserved by the UC Regents.
The images below were captured from the real-time computer model during an interactive flight session.
The videos below were captured from the real-time computer model during an interactive flight session.