As Eyal Weizman points out in the introduction to his 2014 book Forensis, “The part or the detail becomes an entry point from which to reconstruct larger processes, events, and social relations, conjunctions of actors and practices, structures and technologies.”1 The detail also offers a point of entry for architectural historians to conceptualize a building through the distillation of a design concept into a small but intensely meaningful element. Historians can now capture fully scanned three-dimensional architectural details in all of their gritty materiality and insert them into larger digital models of buildings. The emerging multimedia technique of 3-D scanning offers a broad range of accessible applications for measuring and visualizing both...

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