06.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Visualizing Venice: The Ghetto of Venice

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The workshop “Digital Visualization Workshop 2013 – The Ghetto of Venice” is being held at the Venice International University from 4-14 June 2013. The event, jointly promoted by Duke University, Iuav University of Venice and Venice International University in cooperation with UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, aims to provide a thorough introduction to a series of digital tools for the analysis, interpretation and visualization of data related to the shaping of man-made space.

Using Venice as a “laboratory”, 3D modeling, visualization, and mapping technologies will enable the students to engage with questions of change over time and dynamic process in urban and rural environments, showing how man-made spaces respond to social and economic process and transformation.

The following technologies will be taught and used by students: 3D modeling using Google SketchUp, 3D acquisition using Photogrammetry, interactive mapping with Google Earth, Scalar, and the basics of ARCgis related to Google Earth. These 3D modeling, visualization, and mapping technologies enable the students to engage with questions of change over time and dynamic process in urban and rural environments, showing how man-made spaces respond to social and economic process and transformation. 

The theme of this year’s workshop is “The Venetian Ghetto: Change over Time in the Life of the City”. Students will learn historical visualization and representation techniques through collaborative authorship of final multimedia projects completed over the course of the 10-day workshop session. These will be undertaken in close consultation with subject-area experts, and will include: Description of the institution of the Ghetto of Venice and densification in the XVI century; Description of the process of the physical and functional transformation of the Urban Space; Description of the Urban relationships between the Ghetto and the rest of the city; and, Description of the 'opening' of the gates: the transformation within the Ghetto and transformations outside the Ghetto.

The workshop is addressed to Master's- or Ph.D.- level students in Interpretive Humanities (including Cultural Patrimony, History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism, History, Geography, Architecture, Archaeology, and other relevant disciplines). 

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