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Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390)
Brian Goldstein (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Francesca Russello Ammon (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Garrett Dash Nelson (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Sunset Over Sunset: Exploring the Street-Level View of Postwar Urban Redevelopment Using Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles Photography

The creation of computational methods to stitch together large collections of photographs and to then layer in historical data to allow for new insights about rapid postwar urban change and development.

Sunset over Sunset proposes an interactive website that maps Ed Ruscha’s newly-digitized Los Angeles photographic archive to visualize everyday patterns of urban redevelopment. By bringing together five years of street-view photography--covering 1966-2007--along six miles of Sunset Boulevard, and sources including the US Census, occupancy records, and newspapers, the project will explore small-scale urban change in a manner never before possible. Sunset over Sunset illuminates vernacular forms of redevelopment that have been overshadowed by large-scale projects and shifts the locus of historical agency from top-down planners to tenants and others whose modest gestures substantively shaped the postwar city. The project advances the digital humanities by building replicable toolkits for making street-level photographs broadly accessible as primary sources and by joining visual and non-visual evidence to create a novel resource for place-based research by scholars and the general public.

Project fields:
Architecture; Urban History; Urban Studies

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$85,939 (approved)
$85,392 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022