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Handbook of Digital 3D Reconstruction of Historical Architecture

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  • Covers essential reading for students/scholars/heritage professionals in humanities, architecture, and media computing
  • Provides information for seminars, internships, etc., in which historical architecture is digitally reconstructed
  • Is comprehensive and first handbook for students and scholars on interpretative 3D reconstruction
  • Is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology, & Society (SLETS, volume 28)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)


About this book

This open access book is a handbook for students, experts and interested parties who want to learn more about digital 3D reconstruction of historical architecture. The book provides answers to the core questions of the subject: What is a digital 3D model or a digital 3D reconstruction? How are they created and what are they used for? Practical instructions, condensed knowledge, explanations of technical terms and references to example projects, literature and further references provide information of varying density and thus enable an individual introduction to the subject.

The book combines extensive knowledge on the topic of "digital 3D reconstruction of historical architecture" and provides practical instructions for independent implementation. Up to now, there has been no cross-disciplinary vocabulary for technical terms in this field, so this publication makes a start.

The book is aimed at students, experts in the field and the interested public and offers various possibilities for the different target groups to delve deeply into the subject.

The book was created within the research network "Digital 3D Reconstruction as Tools for Research in Architectural History," which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2018 to 2023. The authors combined their expertise in the fields of art and architectural history, architecture, university teaching and media informatics.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany

    Sander Münster

  • Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio, Riccardo Foschi

  • Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany

    Ina Bluemel

  • Università di Bologna, Cesena, Italy

    Federico Fallavollita

  • TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

    Marc Grellert

  • Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

    Marinos Ioannides

  • Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

    Peter Heinrich Jahn, Heike Messemer

  • Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Richard Kurdiovsky

  • University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Mainz, Germany

    Piotr Kuroczyński, Jan-Eric Lutteroth

  • Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

    Georg Schelbert

About the authors

The research network which authored this book was chaired by Prof. Dr. Sander Münster who is Junior Professor for Digital Humanities (Images/Objects) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (DE). About the network members: Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Department of Architecture at the Università di Bologna. Prof. Dr. Ina Bluemel is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and works for the German National Library of Science and Technology at the TIB Hannover. Prof. Dr. Federico Fallavollita is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of the Università di Bologna. Riccardo Foschi Ph.D. is Research Fellow at the Architectural Drawing Research Group at the Università di Bologna. Dr.-Ing. Marc Grellert is Head of the Digital Reconstruction Research Group in the Department of Digital Design at Darmstadt University of Technology. Prof. Dr. Marinos Ioannides holds the UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus University of Technology. Dr. Peter Heinrich Jahn is a Research Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation at the Department of Art History at Technische Universität Dresden. Richard Kurdiovsky is a senior researcher at the research unit for History of Art at the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Piotr Kuroczyński is Professor of Applied Computer Science and Visualisation in Architecture and Head of the Institute of Architecture at Mainz University of Applied Sciences. Dr. des. Jan Lutteroth is Tandem Professor for Applied Computer Science and Visualisation in Architecture at Mainz University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Heike Messemer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Open Digital Innovation and Participation (CODIP) at the Technische Universität Dresden. Dr. Georg Schelbert is head of the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre Media Library at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Digital 3D Reconstruction of Historical Architecture

  • Authors: Sander Münster, Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio, Ina Bluemel, Federico Fallavollita, Riccardo Foschi, Marc Grellert, Marinos Ioannides, Peter Heinrich Jahn, Richard Kurdiovsky, Piotr Kuroczyński, Jan-Eric Lutteroth, Heike Messemer, Georg Schelbert

  • Series Title: Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology, & Society

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Synthesis Collection of Technology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-43362-7Published: 19 April 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-43363-4Published: 18 April 2024

  • Series ISSN: 1933-3633

  • Series E-ISSN: 1933-3641

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 204

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations, 83 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computer Imaging, Vision, Pattern Recognition and Graphics, Arts, Digital Humanities, Archaeology

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