This project aims to create a learning environment that is a hands-on, mixed-reality exhibit of the human experience in the contested landscape of World War I. Working in collaboration with French partners, David Hicks and his team plan to create an experience which leverages the ICAT Cube to impact a sense of what life was like for the people who lived and died during that terrible period in world history.

“The original Town of Blacksburg was laid out in a grid, on land that was donated by William Black, for whom the Town is named. Five streets running NE to SW cross five other streets running NW to SE.  Each square or block was then divided into four equal lots, creating a total of 64 building lots in the original Town layout. This plan created the “16 Squares” that we refer to today.

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