Castle Map

I collaborated with the Houston Museum of Natural Science‘s Exhibit Architect Kevin Gold and Curator of Anthropology Dirk Van Tuerenhout to create an enormous map of European castles.

I set up a server to collect data, registered a domain for the data entry portion of development, and arranged for docent volunteer researchers to submit castle names, coordinates, and other details using a custom web app solution.

During the data entry portion of development, Houston was swept up in Hurricane Harvey, causing massive damage to the homes of many of the volunteers. As a result, some countries in the application never ended up getting their data entered. Despite this, several thousands of data points were researched and recorded.

A 55″ Dell touch monitor allows users scrub through history on a timeline graphic at the bottom of a dynamic map of Europe. Points representing researched castles appear on the year of their construction with different icons representing different types of castles. Several points of interests are interactive and upon being tapped present more information in the form of text and images about a certain castle (eg. Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, and Neuschwanstein in Germany).

Before I moved to Germany, there was always a crowd in front of this exhibit – eager to hear the curator and docents explain how types of castles spread through Europe, and why.

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