3D Reconstructed Cities

        What began as a final project to track all of the damaged historical sites across the Middle-East between 2003 and 2017 eventually developed into reconstructing an ancient city that was still standing in modern times but tragically severely damaged. From this first city, I have finished one more and am currently in the process of building another. These projects have been done using Esri's CityEngine 3D city building software which is pushing the limits of what CityEngine is designed for. It is my goal to utilize the VR capability of CityEngine to publish these various cities to the public who can in turn experience and discover not only what our ancient cities looked like, but also how these cities developed over the millenia. 

Palmyra- 300CE

       With the intention of portraying what this first ancient city looked like using present day GIS tools, I set about building the Syrian city of Palmyra as it was circa 300CE. The entire project took almost 22 hours to finish which included the building process and texturing. What I learned building this city laid the groundwork for my future 3D city reconstructions.

Constantinople- 600CE

        My crown jewel of my three cities thus far, Constantinople circa 600CE was built as part of a larger Ancient World project and features almost 8,000 objects within it. This city took as long as Palmyra to build, but took several more hours to complete the texturing process. With this being a second step in reconstructing ancient cities in full 3D, it has taught me more skills in how build a city in 3D towards teaching and showing how our cities developed and continue to develop over time.

Athens- 431BCE

       Currently a 'work in progress' project, Athens at the time of the beginning of the Peloponnesian War in 431BCE shows how the Athenian people protected themselves from Sparta and other external threats. Sitting in size between Palmyra and Constantinople, this city when completed will feature several thousand objects with full textures that will then be exported into other programs for a wider audience to experience. The second image below shows Athens in Google Earth which is just one of these external programs that these cities can be imported into.

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