Imagine Rio

Today’s site is an incredible searchable atlas of Rio de Janeiro! It depicts both the social and urban evolution of the history of the city including how artists have viewed it.

When you arrive at the site you’ll find a navigation strip along the top of the page and introductory text at the bottom of the page. From the navigation menu, I suggest that you start with the User Guide section before delving into the atlas itself. It offers brief video tutorials of how to use the different features of the atlas.

Once you’ve explored the User Guide, you can head on over to the View the Map section by clicking it on the navigation strip. Then click the View the Map button in the center of the screen to load the atlas. Once the atlas loads, you’ll find the timeline across the top of the map, and navigation options on the left side of the screen.

My favorite feature to check out was the Urban Projects. You can click on the button and then select the project you want to see displayed on the map from a drop-down list. My second favorite feature is the Timeline option. Just drag the slider to the time you want to view, and you’ll get all sorts of cool content (like maps!) in the left sidebar for that time.

This is a really neat way to look at how a city has changed over time! Go check it out for yourself today!


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