Subject: 3D technologies for the historical reconstruction of historic cities and Early Modern Festivals.
Dear all, I would like to hear your opinion concerning a topic very close to one of the lines of my own research: the use of 3D technologies for the historical reconstruction of urban environments. In this context, the first preoccupation (I presume) for most of us is the historical accuracy of these 'recreations'. One of the most challenging issues I encountered when I developed the first version of the virtual model for Lisbon in 1581 was the inadequacy of the software available in the market. These applications are generally design for a different kind of work, like modern architecture for example. I am co-organising a session panel in the next 11th International Conference on Urban History in Prague entitled Virtual Historic Cities: A Laboratory in Urban History (see call for sessions below or here session M10: http://www.eauh2012.com/sessions/). In have posted a similar question on the International Network for the Early Modern Festival Study as I am especially interested in learning what requirements an 'ideal' software for the 're-creation' of early modern festivals would have in your opinion. I would love also to hear what the scholars in this consortium think about this topic. Please be imaginative and ambitious, for example: like a bank of different textures/materials- used in the period/region, music played sorted by group of instruments (and samples of that kind of music), typology of inscriptions, architectural elements, historical topographies, a searchable database of information available in different cities at a global level (like google maps), how to represent the audience? and so on. I would really like with all of your suggestions, to draft a 'proposal' that encompassed the real needs for a recreation of such a complex event. Feel free to respond to the list or to me privately. I will commence with some requirements: 1. The software must have an option in which known and proved historical data is easily discernible to the 'presumed' incorporated data. (As already required in London Charter, 2009). 2. In architectural terms, the software must be based on actual measurements also applicable in reality, (i.e., meters/feet). 3. A extensive 'library' of 3D objects based on the visual representations of early modern festivals and used in the decorations and ephemeral display. I am looking forward to your thoughts, thanks very much in advance All best Laura Laura Fernandez-Gonzalez Architecture, The University of Edinburgh 20, Chambers St. EH1-1JZ Edinburgh, UK. Mob: 07726705047 email: L.Fernandez-Gonzalez@sms.ed.ac.uk firstname.lastname@example.org -- The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.