About this project

This is a first look at a larger initiative to use immersive media tools to connect viewers with the past, present and future of Syracuse’s 15th Ward. As plans begin to take shape to replace a 1.4-mile section of Interstate 81 with a “community grid,” it is our hope that these visualizations of the Black neighborhoods that were displaced through the construction of the highway will help guide conversations and decisions about the future.

Over the next few months, we will be experimenting with combining 360 imagery, historical photos, holographic capture of buildings and spaces (also known as photogrammetry), architectural models of the present and future plans, and immersive VR and augmented reality tools to tell this story.

This project is made possible in part thanks to the Online News Association’s Journalism 360 Challenge, which funds ideas using immersive storytelling to discover new ways to engage audiences and advance the field of journalism. It was one of 12 projects chosen for funding in 2020. It also receives support from the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation, faculty at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, and numerous faculty, staff and students at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Our Team

Amanda Paule is the editorial lead for Revisualizing I-81 majoring in magazine, news and digital journalism and French and francophone studies.

Sonny Cirasuolo is the visual lead for Revisualizing I-81 majoring in advertising and policy studies.

Molly Gibbs is the photo lead for Revisualizing I-81 majoring in photojournalism and international relations.

Lawry Boyer is the 3D model designer for Revisualizing I-81 majoring in architecture.

Kevin Camelo is the web designer for Revisualizing I-81 majoring in graphic design and information management technology.

Evan Starling-Davis is a contributor to Revisualizing I-81 pursuing a doctorate in literacy education.

Dan Pacheco is the Horvitz Chair in Journalism Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School and a faculty adviser for Revisualizing I-81.

Amber Bartosh is an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and a faculty adviser for Revisualizing I-81.

Jon Glass is the executive producer at The NewsHouse and a faculty adviser for Revisualizing I-81.

Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with us: Joan Bryant, Daren Jaime, Beth Crawford, Juanita Sales, Julya Guins-Clark, Courtney Rile, Ed Bogucz, Veda Shastri and Nicole Fineman.