03 Apr Spring 2015 Meetup
Manuel’s Tavern, taken by Flickr user Lee Coursey. Used under a CC-BY license.
3D Atlanta is a group of projects at Emory and Georgia State University working together to create an integrated, immersive, and interactive environment where users can explore our city in the 1920s. Based on their richly detailed 1928 Atlanta city atlas, Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship is building a 3D version of the city. Similarly, a team from GSU’s Student Innovation Fellowship program is creating city blocks from the same period, focused on the area around the downtown campus. Both projects are being built using the Unity gaming engine, which will allow them to come together as one environment. Additionally, artifacts from the Phoenix Project at GSU, a collection from the archaeological dig during the construction of MARTA, are currently being scanned as 3D objects and will be dropped in the Unity build out. Eventually the 3D Atlanta project will be integrated with the ATLmaps platform in much the same way that street view functions within Google maps.