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      • (forthcoming) Willkens, Danielle. The Transatlantic Design Network: Jefferson, Soane, and agents of architectural exchange, 1768-1838. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2020.

      • (in production) Willkens, Danielle. “The Epistolary Polygraph.” In Extinct: a Compendium of Obsolete Object, edited by Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Miranda Critchley, and Olivia Horsfall Turner, pages TBD. London: Reaktion, expected 2020. 

      • (in production) Willkens, Danielle. “The Curious Homes and Collections of Jefferson and Soane.” In Connective Tissue: Ten Essays by University of Virginia Kenan Fellows 2001-2006, edited by Peter Waldman, pages TBD. San Francisco, CA: Oro Editions, expected 2020. 

      • (in production) Willkens, Danielle. “Design by ‘considerable degree’: Jefferson’s architecture as applied science.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (expected 2020).

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Clouds and Cataracts: atmospheric experiments at Sir John Soane’s Museum.” TAD: Open 3:2 (2019): 211-220.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Capital and Carbon: Testing the Limits of Tourism in Iceland.” Urban Transcripts 2: 1 (2019).

      • Willkens, Danielle, Richard Burt, Junshan Liu, Keith Hebert, David Carter, and Heather Haley, “Bringing History to Life: a digital reconstruction of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’.“ Auburn Research 2 (Spring 2018): 14-16.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Ruins and renewal in Cuba.” The Architectural Historian 6 (2018): 4-8.

      • Fletcher, Margaret and Danielle Willkens. “The Lexicon of the Architectural Artifact.” In Representation: Process and Practice across Design Disciplines Conference Proceedings. Sharjah, UAE: College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah (2018): 99-104. 

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Of Time and Place [and Technology]: documenting Hale County.” Dialectic V: The Figure of Vernacular in Architectural Imagination (2017): 81-92.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “A Year as the SAH H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow: Reflections on Travel, Time, and Technology.” Publications and Research (blog), Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), July 14, 2017. 

        • There are twelve other entries on the SAH Research Blog

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Monuments in Mountains.” Lobby: Faith 5 (Autumn 2016): 104-109.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Reading Words and Images in the Description(s) of Sir John Soane’s Museum.” Architectural Histories 4 (1): 5, Building-Word-Image Special Collection (2016): 1-22.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Epistolary Architecture: the Transatlantic Design Network, 1768-1838.” On Site review: on writing, or not 34 (2016): 4-11. 

      • Kenniff, Thomas-Bernard, Christian Parreno, Mariana Pestana, David Roberts, and Danielle Willkens. “Foundations (Wates House 1975, Lobby2014).” Lobby: Un/Spectacle 1 (Autumn 2014): 10-11.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “All About the Space: Architecture for Gifted Students.” Duke TIP Navigator (Fall 2014). 

      • Willkens, Danielle. “Educational Interface: the digital spectacle in museum interpretation.” CRIT 71: Emergence, (Spring 2011): 7-11.

      • Willkens, Danielle. “A Case for Ruins and a Cause for Concern.” Lunch: In Flux 5 (2010): 134-141.

    Blog Posts


      Walking in the Footsteps of History: Selma’s Bloody Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

       New technology is making it possible to bring history to life in ways previously unimagined. As historians and guardians of cultural artifacts, researchers and historians now have the capacity to move beyond preservation and stagnant displays, towards sensory experiences capable of engaging and enlightening future generations. Our project, entitled “Walking in the Footsteps of History: Selma’s Bloody Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge”, supports the protection our cultural heritage by creating and enhancing experimental, computationally based methods, techniques, and infrastructure that contribute to the humanities and brings a critical moment in civil rights history to life. The project team, in collaboration with citizens of Selma, related museums and interpretive centers, and Civil Rights Movement experts will use advanced digitization technology to create an immersive virtual reality experience that provides a precise recreation of events and activities of participants within the transformative Civil Rights event of March 7,1965. 

      The scope of work will result in a proof-of-concept prototype that demonstrates the feasibility of the final digital documentation and accurate recreation project, resulting in unprecedented examples of immersive virtual and augmented reality. The animation of Bloody Sunday will provide virtual access to a precarious but significant historic site while dynamically explaining and enliven the event for students, teachers, and citizens across the globe. The project’s innovative and precisely documented workflow will bring conflict archaeology into the 21st century and provide a model for other projects to leverage archival content and physical surveys into accurate, experiential, and geospatial reconstructions. 

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