Virtual platforms for heritage preservation in the Middle East: the case of medieval Cairo

Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, Selim, G., Mushatat, S. and Almogren, A., 2017. Virtual platforms for heritage preservation in the Middle East: the case of medieval Cairo. International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR, 11 (3), pp. 28-41. ISSN 1938-7806

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Abstract

Much of the effort in VH is directed towards accurate representation of historic structures, objects or artefacts. There is little attention is paid, however, to the human aspects of city life, the intangible heritage to which people can actually relate. Digital models of historic buildings and spaces only give a sense of precision. Yet, rituals, human attitude and cultural traditions remained a gap in current research and advanced technology in heritage visualization. Virtual Heritage Environments (VHE) suffer from the lack of ‘thematic interactivity’ due to the limited cultural content and engaging modules largely used in photorealistic video gaming systems. In order to approach virtual fidelity and accurate reproduction of historic environments, this paper reports on a research process to investigate and incorporate a Cultural-feed into digital platforms of Virtual Heritage. In doing so, the paper focuses on the Middle East in general and Medieval Cairo in particular. It discusses conceptual and practical framework for the development of virtual heritage platforms as a research, educational and engagement tool that brings historic spaces and buildings back to the recognition of the public eye of the ordinary user. It analyses current practices and projects of the virtual heritage technologies and reports on field work that took place in Islamic Cairo with Five Start-Up entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR
Creators: Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., Mushatat, S. and Almogren, A.
Publisher: ArchNet
Date: 20 November 2017
Volume: 11
Number: 3
ISSN: 1938-7806
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i3.1404DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2017. Copyrights are granted to author(s), Archnet-IJAR, and Archnet @ MIT under the terms of the "CC-BY-NC-ND" License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Jan 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 11:59
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32358

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