We are happy to announce that our participation in the first year of the New Paradigm / New Tools internship program was very satisfying and successful. New Paradigm / New Tools is an innovative training program, under the direction of Carleton University’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), which addresses the theoretical, practical and ethical imperatives surrounding the use of new and emerging digital technologies for the conservation and rehabilitation of our built heritage. The research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The internship at City Space Architecture aimed at a deep study of the European city, with specific attention to Bologna’s historic center. The three-months long work, a first step in this research, explored the gap in the intangible and living heritage of many squares and public spaces in Bologna, connected by social issues, historical events and citizens' emotional perceptions and feelings. Piazza Verdi, Piazza Rossini, the whole Zamboni street until the "Due Torri", iconic symbol of Bologna, were documented and investigated through photo-modeling and laser scanning, in order to prepare a digital framework oriented to collaborative processes that the private and public sectors could use to produce innovative outcomes on the understanding of urban spaces.
James Arteaga, the brilliant intern who participated to the program at our office in Bologna, actively helped to develop our last challenging project on the image of the city, expressed through sophisticated morphological, spatial and architectural representations.
This research project has a wider perspective, since it is oriented to the authoring of datasets that will be the starting point for the discussion on the contemporary urban space, linking to digital models intangible information about the city. We hope that our promising, preliminary results will foster future achievements and even more fruitful collaborations.