News from Drematrix

June 28, 2021

Multimedia exhibition about the Zwinger officially opened

Markus Wacker
In 2007 the Nymphenbad was under renovation. In order to show the visitors this hidden gem in the Dresden Zwinger, a visualization film was created. This soon resulted in a much larger project with around 30 students and employees. The work was initially organized via htw-dresden.de/~zwinger and resulted in an own documentation tool DokuVis by Jonas Bruschke. Further development will be funded by the DFG in 2022/2023 as part of the IDOVIR project.

Very detailed 3D models of existing buildings as well as drafts and ideas were created and evaluated in a feasibility study for a museum presentation. The tender for implementation won mbox Berlin, who implemented the exhibition as a multimedia VR spectacle Zwinger Xperience. The exhibition was officially opened on June 28th, 2021. On the occasion of the opening, the MDR Sachsenspiegel reported on the project and the exhibition.

April 30, 2021

Urban History 4D project finished

Jonas Bruschke
After more than 4.5 years, the HistStadt4D project is now coming to a close by the end of April 2021. We have used the time well for our research activities and also the 4D Browser has constantly evolved. But, the development of our research tool is not over yet. Several projects will continue to work on and with the 4D Browser:

Denkmalschutz4D – Digitale stadträumliche Vermittlung von anthropogenen Einflussfaktoren und Schutzmaßnahmen zu baulichem Kulturerbe
HistKI – AI-based support of image source research and criticism

The 4D Browser is still available: 4dbrowser.urbanhistory4d.org

Nov. 6, 2020

Presentation at virtual CHNT 2020

Jonas Bruschke
Like many other conferences, this year's CHNT took place only virtually. Within the round table "The Power of Big Data of the Past – Building Blocks towards a virtual Time Machine" Jonas Bruschke presented the work of the Urban History 4D group in a short presentation "Insights into Collections of Spatialized Historical Photographs".

Sept. 6, 2019

Urban History 4D @ CIPA 2019 in Ávila

Jonas Bruschke
In September the research group was happy to present their recent work at the CIPA 2019 in Ávila. Four of our researchers travelled to the beautiful Ávila, a Spanish fortified city located about 2 hours west of Madrid. The fortification is well known and certainly played a role when Ávila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The imposing Walls of Ávila were built from the 11th to the 14th centuries. We started with a poster presentation entitled "Historical Photos and Visualizations: Potentials for Research" presented some ideas and visualizations. This year’s conference slogan was: Documenting the past for a better future, which fit very well with the Time Machine Workshop. The participants could get a glimpse of some associated projects like our Urban History 4D project. Jonas Bruschke and Cindy Kröber had prepared a mini hackathon centered on usability testing and evaluation using personas. Lastly, we used the opportunities to present our 4D Browser Prototype in the demo Session, were we received a lot of very useful and positive feedback.

July 10, 2019

Journal article about Urban History 4D in c’t

Jonas Bruschke
The recent edition of the IT journal c’t (15/2019) features an article about the junior research group Urban History 4D. The article presents functionalities and potentials of the 4D browser as well as the AR application developed by the research group. Moreover it reflects the work of Urban History 4D in respect of the European project Time Machine.
To see the article visit the c't website.

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