Time travelling with Google experiment to your hometown 200 years ago


A project, “,” from the Google Research team has created a 3D rendering of cities using historical fire insurance maps, a rich source of information for the built environment that includes precise information about building ages, sizes, heights, roof shapes, and even materials.


Not only the map hopes to create historic overviews of buildings in the neighbourhoods, but the researcher, Raimondas Kiveris, also looks to visualize what was inside the building in the 1920s, what did the kitchen look like in the 1940s. “It becomes a compendium of everyday, mundane life,” he says.

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