Rice University, the north american school located in the state of Texas, launched an interactive map which illustrates Rio de Janeiro's urban development, from the 16th century to our days. The "ImagineRio" platform puts together photos and illustrations made throughout history, giving the viewer a glimpse of the city that inspired artists and map makers.
The platform was created through the partnership between Alida Metcalf, a Latin American historian, specialized in Brazilian studies, and the architect Farès el-Dahdah, a Rice University Humanities professor. Through this project, they have sought to portray the city's evolution to what it is today; a beautiful place filled with contrasts.
The maps show the locations of buildings, roads and boroughs -- from the first settlements to today's occupations. One can even identify the "disappearance" of lakes and ponds that served the in the past which were drained and occupied throughout the years. Despite being still in beta version, the "ImagineRio" project is available to the public and was designed by its creators to grow through its users' collaboration.
You can check "ImagineRio" in this link.
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