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Architecting Cultural Spaces: The Past, Present & Many Futures of Digital Humanities

This presentation addresses the evolution of the technologies of virtual representation in the humanities. Using project case studies from a decade of experience in this field, the presentation highlights the ways in which these technologies both enforce and challenge traditional ideas of what the study of art and culture is or should be. The paper examines the evolution of simple virtual representation to modeled reconstruction and deconstruction and thence to virtual replacement of artifacts and reenactment of narrative. The presentation concludes with a look forward to massively multi-user virtual community spaces that permit a participatory experience of cultural heritage and towards the application of high-performance computing in the humanities.


Tolva is the co-founder of a strategic urban consultancy called CityFi, which is in the business of helping cities, metro regions, the private sector, and non-profits figure out how make our urbanizing planet a better place to live and work. He also leads the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a co-development laboratory for solving urban problems at the intersection of technology, policy, and design. Tolva teaches a graduate course about the intersection of urban technology and policy at the School of Public Affairs for the University of Colorado. He is a board member of the Denver Architecture Foundation and an advisor to the John Felice Rome Center Foundation at Loyola University, Public Good, and the Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago.

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