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  • Changing Cities - Cultural Heritage Landscapes: Using New Tools/Technologies to Represent the Spirit of Place

    Images taken by James Arteaga

  • Outline

    I. Academic, Work & Volunteer Experience

    II. Internship Organization

    III. Internship Project

    IV. Conference Working Paper

    V. Future Work

    Image taken by Ardi Karimi

    Images taken by James Arteaga

  • ContextBologna, Italy - Ottawa, Canada

    The context of where the work comes from and where we are is essential to acknowledge.

    Acknowledgement, and recognition of, as well as dialogue with Indigenous Peoples in conversations relating to space, place, and heritage conservation in the Canadian context is essential in developing methods and approaches that are specifically designed for our context.

    Therefore, I would like to acknowledge that I am on the unceded and unsurrendured territory of the Algonquin Nation.

    Image from; Painted by Fanny Aishaa

    Image from the National Post

  • Academic Experience

    Bachelor in Environmental Studies (B.E.S.) in Honours Planning, School of Planning, University of Waterloo (2013)

    - Minor in Second Language Acquisition- Minor in the Spanish Language

    3rd Year Exchange to the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. (2011/12)

    - Public Space & Urban Design, Town Planning in the Global South, Languages & Translations

    Master of Arts (M.A.) in Canadian Studies: Heritage Conservation, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (formerly School of

    Canadian Studies), Carleton University (2016)- Relationship between Urban Planning & Heritage Conservation

    - Local/Municipal Heritage Conservation Practice- Representation in Heritage Conservation

    - Heritage Conservation & Immigrant/Diaspora Communities

  • Work Experience

    Policy & Programs Assistant, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Summer 2014)

    Heritage Assistant, National Capital Commission (Winter 2015)

    Heritage Research & Resource Developer, Region of Waterloo (Summer 2015)

    Cultural Development & Initiatives Intern, City of Ottawa (Winter 2016)

  • Volunteer Experience

    Co-Chair, Carleton Universitys Heritage Conservation Symposium (2015/16)

    Heritage Planning Advisory Committee Member, Region of Waterloo (2014)

    Images taken by Krista Gowan

  • Internship OrganizationCity Space Architecture

    A non-profit cultural association established in 2013 and based in Bologna, Italy.

    Aims to promote a general awareness on architecture and public space, focusing on a shared vision of our common liveable future.

    Previous projects include: the Pop Up City Project, the Past, Present, and Future of Public Space Conference, and the publication of the Journal of Public Space in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology.

  • Internship ProjectTeam Members

    Professor Luisa Bravo, President- Founding Editor of the Journal of Public Space

    - Adjunct Professor in Urban Planning and Design, University of Florence

    - Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology

    Professor Simone Garagnani, Vice-President- Research Associate & Adjunct Lecturer, University of Bologna,

    - Charter Member and Practitioner at TC Project - Vice President of the Associazione duepuntilab

    Valerio Francia, Treasurer- MSc in Architectural Engineering Student,

    University of Bologna- Interested in public space, peoples perceptions of public space,

    and how public space is usedn- Thesis title: Mapping Urban Perception New Investigation

    Tools of Public Life in Bologna

    Images taken by Luisa Bravo

  • Internship ProjectGoal

    To conduct a deeper study of the European city, specifically the public spaces of Bolognas historic centre, by means of digital photo-model-ing and high-definition surveys, in order to capture its reality, and experience it in the digital domain.

    If we hoped to better understand the citys cultural landscape, we needed to understand the public spaces that form help form it. This is due to the fact that according to the Charter of Public Space, and the European Landscape Convention, public spaces are where the foundation of a communitys identity can be found.

    The identity of a community or the Spirit of Place (Genius Loci) in public spaces, is formed through multiple layers of complexity and Spirits of Time (Genius Saeculi) that include the tangible, intangible, and living heritage of the city.

    Because this project was meant to be accessible to all field of study, and both the public and private sector, simple and affordable tools and technologies were used throughout the project.

    * This was an experimental project and is still a work-in-progressArchival information from the Public Library, Modern Art

    Gallery, and the Local History Museum; Images taken by James Arteaga

  • Internship ProjectCase Study Area

    - Piazza di Porta Ravegnana- Piazzetta Anchille Ardigo

    - Piazza Rossini- Piazza Verdi- Via Zamboni

    Chosen because of the significance to the citys

    image, specifically le Due Torre in P. Porta Ravegnana,

    which are the iconic structures of the city, and

    P. Verdi, which is a significant political & social space for

    various residents of the city.

    Image taken by James Arteaga

    Image taken by James Arteaga

    Image taken by James Arteaga

    Image taken by James Arteaga

  • Internship ProjectSignificant Events

    Project Introduction (May 16)- Valerio Francia, Mattia Fantini, Eres Tedla Tekeste

    Informal Photogrammetry Workshop- Valerio Francia, Mattia Fantini, Ilaria Mazzi, Elena Masina

    Urban Centre Agisoft Photoscan Workshop (June 4)- Valerio Francia, Mattia Fantini, Ilaria Mazzi, Elena Masina

    Urban Age Shaping Cities Conference (July 14-15)

    Research Seminar with Australian PhD Candidate (August 5)- Valerio Francia, Elisa Lafumera, Eres Tedla Tekeste, Arturo Del Razo, Carlo Estrada Grajales

    * These events contributed to the project in both a practical and theoretical manner

    Top Image taken by Luisa Bravo;Bottom Image taken by James Arteaga

  • Internship ProjectInformal Photogrammetry Workshop

    We practiced taking images for the purposes of photogrammetry at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana.

    We experimented with different media for taking images including a: DSLR Camera, iPhone, and Point & Shoot Camera.

    Images taken by Simone Garagnani

  • Internship ProjectTaking Images

    The images taken of the case study were not pointed on the building facades that formed the public spaces, but were instead pointed towards the open public space.

    The case study area was divided into six sections for the purpose of using photogrammetry, and each section was photographed with four horizontal rows of images. - 1st Row: ground row- 2nd Row: bottom row of facade- 3rd Row: middle row of facade- 4th Row: top row of facade

    The majority of the images were taken around mid-day - afternoon with a Canon T3 Rebel DSLR Camera.

    Around 300 images were taken for each section.

    We also experimented with using GoPro-shot video to extract image stills to use for photogrammetry.



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  • Internship ProjectUrban Centre Agisoft PhotoScan Workshop

    We learned how to use the Agisoft PhotoScan Software to develop a 3D digital model of the built environment.

    We experimented with using the images taken by the different media at the previous workshop, and also experimented with the

    image alignments accuracy, and the dense cloud quality the images would produce.

    Images taken by Luisa Bravo

  • Internship ProjectDigital 3D Modeling with Agisoft PhotoScan

    There were six main point cloud chunks developed:- Via da Piazza Verdi a Piazza Rossini- Piazza Rossini- Via da Piazza Rossini a Piazzetta Achille Ardigo- Piazzetta Achille Ardigo- Via da Piazzetta Achille Ardigo a Piazza Porta Rav.- Piazza Porta Ravegnana

    All chunks were developed using high accuracy image alignment, and high quality dense clouds.

    Because of computer processing capacity and other factors, some of these chunks were the result of smaller chunks that were merged later on in the Workflow by manually selecting common points.

    Precision of the final dense clouds was not a priority for this project, because we were more interested in using this first layer (tangible) of the urban complexity to further understand the intangible and living layers that contribute to the formation of the Spirit of Place.

    Some challenges were faced when using the images taken by the iPhone and also the still images extracted from the GoPro video; therefore, they were not used moving forward in the project.

    * The point cloud for Piazza Verdi was developed using Laser Scanning technology

  • Internship ProjectUrban Age Shaping Cities Conference

    City Space Architecture was invited to attend the Conference being held at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy.

    The purpose of the conference was to provide a platform for designers and policy-makers to better understand how their

    decisions shape the cities we live in and to reflect on the way our urban environment shape the social dynamics of a 21st Century

    urban reality, where over 70% of us will be urban by 2050.

    It was to be a prelude to the upcoming UN-Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador being held o