3D digital reconstructions of lost buildings: a first critical framing

Danilo Di Mascio, Michele Chiuini, John Fillwalk, Pieter Pauwels

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Abstract

This paper presents a first critical framing of 3D digital reconstructions of lost buildings, hence focusing on reconstructions using 3D models. This critical framing is constituted by reflections on definitions, concepts, methodologies and digital technologies. Much experimentation in the digital reconstruction of lost buildings has produced valuable results during the last twenty years, but the variety of methods, software types, and purposes should be reorganized into clear operational protocols to allow sharing of information and collaboration across disciplines. We have therefore investigated the diverse approaches towards digital reconstructions of lost buildings and found that digital reconstructions are not typically aimed at simple visualizations: they are often further developed in virtual environments, information systems and tools for simulations and analysis. In this sense they are not products but instruments for further research and/or heritage conservation. Counter the large number of theoretical positions, methods and tools specific to different disciplines, such as architecture and archaeology, we can find the almost total absence of a comprehensive critical assessment. This paper, which is part of a larger project, intends to open and articulate a debate on how to define, analyze and critically systematize the methodologies for the digital reconstruction of lost buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECAADE 2016: Complexity & Simplicity, VOL 2
EditorsA. Herneoja, T. Österlund, P. Markkanen
Pages511-520
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event34th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2016) - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 20 Aug 201626 Aug 2016
Conference number: 34

Conference

Conference34th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2016)
Abbreviated titleeCAADe 2016
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityOulu
Period20/08/1626/08/16

Bibliographical note

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Keywords

  • virtual environments
  • lost buildings
  • Digital reconstruction
  • 3D modelling
  • information systems

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