Visualizing Venice is a Digital Humanities initiative that consists of students, scholars and architects at all levels of their careers who are actively involved in research projects to generate digital models and maps of the city of Venice, its territories, and its lagoon. Our goals are two:
– to enhance the understanding of the city, the lagoon, and its region as an on-going process of change and transformation over time,
– to communicate new knowledge about place and space to the public through portable devices and on the Visualizing Venice website.
Our research is based on archival and printed sources (documents, cartography, images) from which we generate three-dimensional models and animations that address questions of change and transformation. Begun in 2009, Visualizing Venice is collaboration between Duke University, the Università Iuav di Venezia (Iuav) and the Università degli Studi di Padova. The team now consists of approximately 30 faculty, post-docs and graduate students. Several of our initiatives involve teaching undergraduate students about the history of Venice through the vehicle of mapping and modeling projects and developing undergraduate-graduate research teams such as the VIVA initiative.