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Visualizing Venice

Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristin L. Huffman, Andrea Giordano, Caroline Bruzelius


154 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Visualizing Venice presents the ways in which the use of innovative technology can provide new and fascinating stories about places and times within history. Written by those behind the Visualizing Venice project, this book explores the variety of disciplines and analytical methods generated by technologies such as 3D images and interoperable models, GIS mapping and historical cartography, databases, video animations, and applications for mobile devices and the web.

The volume is one of the first collections of essays to integrate the theory and practice of visualization technologies with art, architectural, and urban history. The chapters demonstrate how new methodologies generated by technology can change and inform the way historians think and work, and the potential that such methods have to revolutionize research, teaching, and public-facing communication.

With over 30 images to support and illustrate the project’s work, Visualizing Venice is ideal for academics, and postgraduates of digital history, digital humanities, and early modern Italy.

Table of Contents

Overview: The Visualizing Venice Enterprise

Caroline Bruzelius

Part 1: Introductory Essays

1 The Role of Digital Visualization for the History of the City

Donatella Calabi

2 Visualizing Venice: Teaching, Training, and Imagining a New Kind of Urban and Architectural History

Caroline Bruzelius

3 Visualizing Venice: Developing a Methodology for Historical Visualization

Andrea Giordano and Mark Olson

Part 2: Historical Case Studies

4 Buildings that Never Were: The Unbuilt Projects for the Civic Hospital of Venice

Ines Tolic

5 Architectural and Urban Change Over Time: The School, Church, and Monastery of Santa Maria della Carità

Elena Svalduz

6 Mapping Change and Motion in the Lagoon: The Island of San Secondo

Ludovica Galeazzo

7 Visualizing the Treves Botanical Garden in Padua: From Documentary Research to Laser Survey and 3D Modeling

Martina Massaro

8 Research on Lost Buildings in Venice: The Cathedral of San Pietro di Castello

Gianmario Guidarelli



Part 3: Tools, Technologies, and Training

9 Visualizing Venice: An Historical Overview of the Role and Application of Architectural and Urban Modeling

Cosimo Monteleone

10 The History of Cities and HGIS

Alessandra Ferrighi

11 Digital Technologies and Exhibition Culture: Reactivating Art Installations through Virtual Reconstructions

Chiara di Stefano and Laura Moure Cecchini

12 Interactive Exhibitions: New Interfaces for Engaging Visualizations

Mark Olson

13 Guidebooks and Mobile Applications: A New Mode of Communication

Victoria Szabo

14 Digital Art History: Building a "Model" for Student Engagement

Kristin L. Huffman

15 Visualizing Venice Summer Workshops for Graduate Students and Beginning Scholars

Victoria Szabo

Visualizing Venice to Visualizing Cities: Future Horizons

Kristin L. Huffman and Andrea Giordano


Caroline Bruzelius



Teaching Historical 3D Modeling Techniques: The Sta. Margherita Portal

Hannah Jacobs

About the Editors

Kristin L. Huffman is an Instructor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University.

Andrea Giordano is Professor at the University of Padua and coordinator of the Visualizing Venice’s 3D modeling team.

Caroline Bruzelius is the A.M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History and a founder the Wired! Lab at Duke University and of Visualizing Venice.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Digital Humanities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Renaissance
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century