Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon

June 3, 2014 — June 13, 2014
Venice International University, Venice Italy
Caterina Balletti, Università Iuav di Venezia; Isabella di Lenardo, Università Iuav di Venezia; Victoria Szabo, Duke University


View the 2014 workshop projects.

10-24-2014 – Read one student’s reflections on her experience.


What is it about?
This course will teach a range of digital skills in 3D modeling, visualization, and mapping technologies to enable participants to engage historical questions with emerging digital tools. As in the previous editions of the workshop, the technologies will be taught through the use of a theme: in 2014 the focus will be on Venice and its islands. Participants will use the city and the lagoon as a “laboratory” through which to examine questions such as 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 aim of the workshop is to train scholars in how new technologies can be integrated with the study of historical and material culture. The workshop will focus on a range of visualization tools that can be used in a wide variety of research areas, in particular modeling change over time in urban space and the production of maps and low-cost photogrammetry.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn historical visualization and representation technologies through collaborative authorship of final multimedia projects completed over the course of the 10-day workshop session:
– Overview of historical contents (front lessons – site visits)
– Image processing (hands on session)
– Photogrammetry; Laser Scanning (hands on session)
– Georeferencing of historical maps (hands on session)
– Data Visualization and Presentation (hands on session)
– 3D Modelling (hands on session)
– Augmented Reality (hands on session)

You will develop basic skills in: Photoshop, Photoscan, Pointools, ArcGIS, Audio editing with Audacity, Video editing with iMovie, Data Visualization with Fusion Tables, Interactive Virtual Worlds with OpenSim, Augmented Reality with BuildAR, Mobile Apps with Map2App.

Who can apply?
The workshop is designed for participants at the Master’s, Ph.D- of Post doctoral level in Interpretive Humanities (including Cultural Patrimony, History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism, History, Geography, Architecture, Archaeology, and other relevant disciplines).
Instruction will be in English of which participants must have an adequate working knowledge.
Maximum number of students: 16

Program structure
The course duration is 10 days. Students will attend classes in the Digital Lab 5 days per week and will participate in one field trip (on Saturday) in the Venice Lagoon. Participants should expect to be engaged full time in these ten days.

An official Duke University/Iuav University/Venice International University joint Certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees are 1,000 euro+VAT.
Successful candidates will receive information about modes of payment once admitted to the program. Scholarships may become available in the late Spring in order to support tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.

Duration and Period
10 days, June 3 – 13, 2014

San Servolo island, Venice, Italy

Contacts and info:
Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo
30100 Venice
T +39 041 2719511
F +39 041 2719510

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