Historic Districts

Digital spatial data of cultural heritage sites can be used for research and education, for restoration and conservation and as a record for future generations.

Venice Time Machine Project: A Common History for the Continent

Frederic Kaplan is currently working on an international project aiming to model the evolution and history of Venice over a 1000 year period, analyzing its history, trade routes, art, and impact.

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Recreating Historical Streetscapes on Re.City

Raimondas Kiveris of Google Research introduces “rǝ” to become a compendium that allows history enthusiasts to virtually experience historical cities around the world.

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Heritage Across Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia

The Zamani Project creates metrically accurate digital representations of historical sites, and seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of tangible cultural heritage in over 65 sites across across 18 countries.

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Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Esther Shein of Communications of the ACM notes concerns that digital scanning "will recapitulate colonial museum practices that have involved the illicit acquisition of objects from dominated culture groups."

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How Do You Measure the Value of a Historic Site?

Linda Poon for Bloomberg CityLab investigates, “There’s plenty of data to support economic arguments, and much less to address questions of cultural value.”

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Art-Risk: A New Method of vulnerability and risk analysis

Pilar Ortiz investigates and develops a new multi-scenario study, assessing environmental risks and climate change for preventive conservation of heritage in urban centers.

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