Bunker Hill Refrain

Project Details

Project Year: 2021-2022

Project Type: Collaboratory


Meredith Drake Reitan, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and School of Architecture
Suzanne Noruschat, Southern California Studies Specialist, USC Libraries Special Collections
Andy Rutkowski, Visualization Specialist, USC Libraries

Innovation Scholars

Uma Chatterjee, Cinema and Media Studies & Documentary
Will Forker, Geodesign & Music Recording
Ashley Espinosa , Urban Studies and Planning & Landscape Architecture.

Bunker Hill Refrain provides an opportunity for scholars and the general public to reimagine the history of Los Angeles by telling the stories of a neighborhood erased by urban renewal. Over the course of a year, the research team will use three sources of data created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s (an architectural model, maps, and census data) to create a digital project that visualizes the material and social environment of the hill before and after redevelopment.

Students in the Bunker Hill Refrain Collaboratory will conduct research with primary sources, work with GIS data, and explore ways to output their findings in various digital formats, including digital mapping and storytelling, data visualizations, and 3D modeling and VR.