Virtual Reality, VSim, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: Is There Hope for the Technically Challenged


Lisa Snyder (Associate Director of the Experiential Technologies Center, UCLA) specializes in the use of interactive virtual reality environments to study and teach about historic urban environments. For the Israel Antiquities Authority, she created a three-dimensional interactive digital reconstruction of the Temple Mount complex, and, more recently, she’s developed a computer simulation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Dr. Snyder’s pioneering work with real-time visual simulation technology provides unprecedented opportunities for experiential interpretation of and innovative pedagogy involving cultural heritage sites. Based on extensive archaeological and historical research, her highly detailed computer reconstructions allow users to explore built environments that no longer exist. Snyder is currently working with a team of programmers on an NEH-funded project to develop a new software interface (VSim) to facilitate educational use of three-dimensional computer models.


Co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries Digital Humanities Center, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center.


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