Art Art History and Visual Studies

Paris of Waters

Paris of Waters is a research project that focuses on the impact of water on the demographic, social, architectural, and urban development of the city of Paris through time. The project is concerned with water in a wide array of forms—as resource, as commodity, as means of transportation, as funnel for the city’s waste, and as cause of disaster and death—and with making it visible as a powerful agent of urban change.

Holocaust Geographies

"The Holocaust Geographies Collaborative is a multi-institutional, collaborative research group that uses mapping and geography to examine spaces and places of the Holocaust. The group came together in 2007 at a workshop hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss how geography, mapping and geo-visualization can shed new light on the history of the Holocaust.

Mapping Stereotomy

Mapping Stereotomy is a database dedicated to stereotomy, the art of cutting stones into particular shapes for the construction of vaulted structures. Stereotomy is best known for the variety of acrobatic masterpieces produced in early modern France and Spain. Yet the art is neither early modern nor European; it has been practiced over a wide temporal span, from Hellenistic Greece to contemporary Apulia, and across a broad geographical area, centered on the Mediterranean Basin but reaching far beyond—from Cairo to Gloucester and from Yerevan to Braga.

Book of Fortresses

The aim of this project is to spatially reconstruct an exceptional architectural source from early modern Portugal called the Livro das Fortalezas (Book of Fortresses). This bound volume was created by a Portuguese squire named Duarte de Armas in 1510. It includes a folio of perspective drawings from two vantage-points of over 50 castles on the border between the kingdoms of Portugal and Spain and a second folio of measured plans for each site. With the assistance of student researchers, the book will be reconstructed as a data-rich, three-dimensional map.

Regium@Lepidi 2200

The Regium@Lepidi Project 2200 started in 2013 thanks to a collaboration between Duke University and Lions Club Reggio Emilia Host Città del Tricolore. The aim of this project is to enhance the cultural heritage of the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy through the promotion and recognition of its historical significance.

Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse

Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse project is a cultural communication initiative which seeks to transfer to park visitors and young students the significance of Fort Ross heritage in relation to North Pacific exploration and California History. Between 1812 and 1841 Fort Ross was a Russian fur trading outpost and multi-cultural colony located on a small bluff between the thunderous surf of Northern California’s scenic coast and the green rolling hills of California’s Coastal Mountains, just 145 km north of San Francisco.

3D Duke Chapel

The 3D Duke Chapel project was designed to intersect with pedagogical, preservational and technological goals at the Wired! Lab. The project began as a workshop to train graduate students in Art, Art History and Visual Studies in Photogrammetry - a method of 3D scanning that uses overlapping photographs taken from many different angles to assemble a 3D model of a chosen architectural space or object.

3D Catalhoyuk

Combining archaeological fieldwork with three-dimensional technology, 3D Catalhoyuk provides a reconstruction of all phases of the Catalhoyuk, Turkey excavations, along with 3D data recordings of the most important artifacts.