The Historic Preservation Department at Mount Vernon is addressing stewardship challenges through the use of existing and new digital technologies. The Mount Vernon Historic Building Information Model uses AutoDesk Revit to create a unique management tool that digitally visualizes Washington’s home and organizes the vast amount of data associated with it. Thomas Reinhart will discuss how this hyper-realistic model has been integrated into Mount Vernon’s existing Geographic Information System to create a seamless digital management system for the entire estate.
This year ’s annual Carl M. Ruskin Lecturer is the renowned George Galster, Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit, who will discuss his compelling study of the city of Detroit in “Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City.” A fth-generation Detroiter, Prof. Galster will talk about how—within a half century—Detroit went from being an industrial powerhouse to a city that lost nearly half of its population and became a poster child for urban decay, crime and racial division.
Jamie Cooper’s research focuses on Michelangelo’s architecture, especially his use of drawing and precedent in his design process. Other research interests include ancient Roman architecture and urbanism, the architecture/urbanism of fin-de-siecle Vienna, and the late North American works of Mies van der Rohe.