This edition of the 3D Atlas of Ann Arbor  contains virtual reality models for the entire city of Ann Arbor that are geo-referenced to work with Google Earth® and rest in relation to the underlying terrain in that software. There is geometry for just under 25,000 structures and there are many textured models.  The models run in real time and may all be loaded simultaneously (given good hardware) to have a view of the broad context of the entire city while navigating different elements of the virtual Ann Arbor.  The user of this Atlas should have, at least, downloaded a free, current version of Google Earth® and have it running on his/her computer desktop.  Then, all that is required to launch the models in Google Earth® is to click on the links to various .kmz files throughout the Atlas.  Readers are shown static screen shots of the dynamic files so they can get a rough idea of what should come up.  Please, however, do not assume that the static image says it all--think of it as a picture on a cereal box---as a mere indication of what is inside!

Image created by S. Arlinghaus using Google Earth Pro®


...the second edition.
Without this group, this atlas would not be possible in its present form.
Finally, thanks to reviewers for constructive comment, to many others who have observed the development of this project, and to my family:  husband, William C. Arlinghaus; son, William E. Arlinghaus; and, daughter-in-law, Kari Suffel Arlinghaus.   Their patience and kindness have been critical to the development of these materials.

Please note the following caution--while donations of digital material were all current at one time, there is a lag in creating materials from them.  Regular updating of material continues.

To all of the individuals mentioned here, as well as to those mentioned in the 1st Edition, goes deep appreciation.  Remaining errors are those of the editor and principal author alone.

...the first edition
In addition to those above, there are a number of individuals who were either important in the development or the use of the First Edition:

Douglas S. Kelbaugh (Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan), Fred J. Beal (President, J. C. Beal Construction, Ann Arbor),  Susan Pollay (Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority), Karen Hart (Planning Director, City of Ann Arbor), Jean Carlberg (City Council), Wendy Woods (City Council), Steve Thorp (Chair, Planning Commission), Frances Todoro (Mayor's Office), Robert Gillett, and William D. Kinley. Their thoughtful comments have helped, in various ways, to shape selected images.  Brian Barrick and Peter Pollack, both of Pollack Designs, followed this work with interest, as did Ray Detter, DDA Citizens Advisory Committee.

The First Edition, itself, is the best source of notation of other individuals who have participated in various ways over the past 6 years.

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