8 July 2021 Start
8 July 2021 End
5.00pm - 6.00pm (UK time) Time
UK Institute of Classical Studies (online)

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Visualizing and experiencing past cities in 3D

8 July 2021

“Visualizing and experiencing past cities in 3D: Methods, opportunities and challenges” is the topic to be addressed by Chiara Piccoli (University of Amsterdam). This is the second of two keynote lectures of the ICS summer school in 3D Imaging and Modelling for Classics and Cultural Heritage.

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Lecture via Zoom.

Visualizing and experiencing past cities in 3D: About

Since the early modern period, antiquarians, architects and artists have created visual reconstructions of buildings in ruin. These drawings and physical 3D models have served a variety of purposes: documenting a fast-disappearing reality, understanding the principles of ancient architecture, creating evocative and imaginary places etc. Since the introduction of digital media, experts are using an unprecedented range of tools to document different kinds of archaeological and historical evidence in 3D and to visualize reconstruction hypotheses. If 3D modelling has opened up new opportunities for research and communication purposes that were unthinkable before, it has posed conceptual and methodological challenges too.

In this talk Chiara Piccoli will draw on her own experience in visualizing cities, individual houses and the objects within them to discuss different modelling techniques, the new research possibilities that 3D reconstructions enable in archaeology and history and the challenges that arise during their creation.