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We are now making our final approach…

Gaby Laing

11th September 2018

Gaby Laing

The APPROACH project is dotting its i’s and crossing its t’s after a whirlwind two years in the making.
The project has created four 3D models of the historic centres of EdinburghLublinGranada and Budapest.

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Each city was extensively researched using old maps and archival material in order to create the models. The final prototypes were showcased to specially selected heritage professionals, researchers and students as part of a session at the Museum of Edinburgh, and to members of the public at the Tron Kirk. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with a strong desire to see the narrative features of the models developed. There is a huge appetite for these sorts of learning resources in both heritage and education/outreach sectors.

Have a play with the models yourself and let us know what you think! You’ll find them at www.urbantimemaps.com.

The final project meeting took place in Riga, Latvia where project partners gathered to hear preliminary feedback about the models, finalise plans for the interpretive content, and play some basketball!

Riga showed itself off beautifully in the late summer sunshine. We split our time between the small, cobbled streets of the Old Town with its collection of squares, churches and views across the Daugava River, and the Riga School of Art and Media out in the west of the city. One of Riga’s excellent blue-liveried trams (with some beautiful specimens dating from the 1960s) dropped us close by. The school was undergoing some final refurbishment before welcoming students back for the autumn term, but its airy grand hall and mid-century inspired design was very inviting all the same.

During the final meeting, we tackled the remaining tasks of the project. We discussed development of the interpretive content to be added to the maps by finalising the inclusion of info boxes for each featured site. We shared feedback from each partner city’s showcase events (or ‘multiplier events’). Finally, we agreed translation deadlines for the accompanying studies and website content. It was very satisfying to tie together these loose ends!

On the second day, we were lucky enough to enjoy a day out in Riga, completing an orienteering challenge, taking in the sights from a canal cruise, and shooting some hoops back on the basketball court!

Between the feedback gained from stakeholders and the positive experience working with these project partners, it’s clear this will not be the end of APPROACH just yet. International Programme Manager Krzysztof Chuchra said, “The ink may still drying on this project, but APPROACH 2 is already in the pipeline. The response to the project and its potential for expansion has been excellent.”

Edinburgh World Heritage would like to extend its thanks to the meeting organisers, all members of the project team for their expertise, patience and good humour, and to Erasmus+ for funding this project. We’re already excited to see where this project may go next.