Spatial Studies Lab, Rice University

Urban History and Space Exploration

About the Cluster

By combining vector and raster data at the intersection of time and space, projects in this cluster offer new ways to work for historians, architects and urbanists, literary scholars, space enthusiasts, and archaeologists.

  • Historians can visualize specific sites of inquiry;
  • Architects and Urbanists can see proposed design projects in situ;
  • Literary Scholars can map out novels;
  • Space enthusiasts can track rovers and drones on Mars;
  • Archaeologists can delaminate the layers of their complex stratigraphy;
  • And much more.

Users can also run searches by polygons, change the transparency of georeferenced maps and plans, and consult “film strips” that show all available views, maps, plans, and aerials for a particular moment in time. Scaled down into a mobile version, scholars, tourists, and residents alike can walk about cites, sites, and events while visualizing them as they once were, as well as they were once projected.

Featured Projects

Learn more about data-driven projects in the Space/Time Research Cluster.

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