Paris exhibition features ‘virtual balloon flight’ over Bath

Researchers from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering have just returned from a major exhibition in Paris showcasing their pioneering work that uses computers to visualise how buildings would have looked in the past.

The exhibition, entitled 'Le virtuel, une réalité', was curated by Professors Alan Day and Vaughan Hart from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) following an invitation from the Sorbonne at the University of Paris.

The eight-day exhibition was opened by the President of the University of Paris on 16 October and featured a series of displays illustrating projects by CASA from the last 20 years.


The exhibition showcased projects produced by CASA from the last 20 years

One display was specially created for the exhibition; a detailed three-dimensional computer reconstruction of Prior Park in Bath as it would have appeared at the end of the 18th century.

Visitors to the exhibition were able to walk around the gardens in real-time using wireless controls and could even take a virtual balloon flight over the Georgian City.

Pantheon in Rome

The exhibition featured computer reconstructions of historic buildings such as the Pantheon in Rome

The exhibition also featured a large scale physical model of Sebastiano Serlio's Renaissence Theatre which was constructed from a detailed computer model of the stage set using laser cutting technology.

The Director of CASA, Professor Paul Richens, said: "It was an honour to be invited to participate in this exhibition and to see how interested the general public were in our digital reconstructions of the past."

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