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Biographies of Buildings

Virtual Futures for our Cultural Past

An international theme group project (2015) has been granted at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), focusing on a chronologically ordered set of case studies of ancient architecture in Central Italy, temples founded since the sixth century BC and afterwards re-built and extended during several centuries up until Republican times and the Early Middle Ages.

Digital reconstructions will be used as a research tool, the usage of which necessitates scholars to test hypotheses in a much more precise and systematic way than with research based on descriptions or simple linear, primarily two-dimensional reconstructions. Apart from being a research tool, these 4D-models require new reflection of methodology and theory.

The 4D Research Lab will assist in this project.

Picture 1 - Loes Opgenhaffen

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