(Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)

Keywords: Project Report: 20 Years of Reconstructions in Darmstadt

The visualisation and digital reconstruction of cultural heritage has a long tradition at the Department of Information and Communication Technology in Architecture at the Technical University Darmstadt. Beginning with the reconstruction of Cluny III, regarded as a milestone in this area, many important cultural heritage sites have been reconstructed virtually within the framework of interdisciplinary and international projects. By means of a cross-section the diversity and inherent challenges of this project will be demonstrated. Motive, goal, methodology, questions, problem statement and how to deal concretely with these aspects will be the initial focus of the talk. Difficulties that arise in content, administration and technology are shown in selected examples together with possible solutions. There will also be a discussion of the uncertainty pertaining to research results and their transfer into three-dimensionality.
The second focus of the talk will go a step further and will raise the question as to whether, in the meantime, digital reconstructions should be considered a typology or discipline of their own and thus they themselves should become an object of research. With the background of numerous research projects and years of experience I will present the themes and results of current research of the IKA department. The emphasis is on the development of a unified methodology, comprehensive documentation at the level of content and technology, the networking of the community and the confirmation of scholarly quality. The report discusses the present status quo and gives a perspective on future research projects.
In addition to digital reconstruction projects and continuing research themes, the transfer of knowledge by means of digital reconstruction is a core topic at the IKA department. The potentials of three-dimensional data sets for conveying knowledge, the possibilities for their implementation and a critical examination of the topic area will also be presented within the framework of this report.
The talk as a whole can be considered a contribution to the current discussion and reveals open research areas.