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Edinburgh World Heritage/APPROACH

Urban spaces evolving over time

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APPROACH

    APPROACH

    The APPROACH acronym stands for ‘Applicable Representation of City Centres with Heritage Importance’, and it aims to capture 3-D digital representations of four historic cities as they developed through time.

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    APPROACH

    Urban Timemaps

    The APPROACH acronym stands for ‘Applicable Representation of City Centres with Heritage Importance’, and it aims to capture 3-D digital representations of four historic cities as they developed through time.

    As such, it will be an invaluable tool for conservationists, city planners and architects and will be especially useful in Edinburgh with its large and impressive historic city centre.

    The main output of the programme will be a collection of interactive 3-D city maps showing the centres of Edinburgh, Granada, Budapest and Lublin. The creation of these animated models is based on scientific and historical research collected from maps, drawings and archive texts. The data is then used to rebuild and present selected time periods of the cities – from their foundation to modern times.

    This allows users to freely explore these cities in both space and time. As part of the programme, a full study will be produced together with a summary of steps taken by architectural and media partners. We hope that as a result of this research, other historic cities will follow the lead of APPROACH and produce similar digital records.

    APPROACH will also produce a series of video tutorials and manuals on the creation of 3-D interactive content. Our methodology uses the latest trends within computer aided design and interactive gaming technologies.

    4

    cities being mapped

    4,500

    buildings in Edinburgh World Heritage Site

    350 A.D.

    earliest phased mapped

    Project previews

    A few screenshots and videos of the cities and time phases modeled so far, although these are still a work in progress.

    “These models will tell the stories of these four cities, and how they evolved over time in terms of their architectural and spatial evolution. It should be a great teaching resource.”

    Krzysztof Chuchra

    International Programme Project Manager

    Project latest

    Approaching the end

    The APPROACH project wrapped up in September 2018. Read about the final meeting (click here) and stay tuned for updates regarding APPROACH 2!


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