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Yves Ubelmann

January 19, 2016
''Our work is truly part of a cultural dialogue among scientific specialists and, more generally, between civilizations that are simply curious to see our heritage''

Digital architect for cultural heritage Yves Ubelmann describes his job as digitizing archeological sites to preserve our collective memory and reveal all the diversity and richness of civilizations. “As we are going to reconstruct the site in a photorealistic way, we will be recreating a virtual territory which, unlike a physical one, is accessible to everyone. We will try to develop virtual sites that everyone can visit to learn how extraordinary our heritage is” says the founder of Iconem, a start-up company using new technologies to explore our past. From Afghanistan to Syria many archeological sites are hard to access or threatened when they don’t have already been destroyed: 3D technologies allow their virtual reconstruction. The Temple of Bel demolished by ISIS has been visually reconstructed by compiling documentation through centuries - drawings by architects, old watercolors painted by 18th-century travelers or photos taken by tourists – all gathered into a single virtual 3D model. “It was thus possible to create a dynamic, much more comprehensive vision of the temple than the static one we had before, even when observing it onsite” Yves Ubelmann adds.  

 

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