Enabling data-driven, multi-scale and multi-modal studies of historic urban environments.

International Student Workshop in Nicosia (C3) - Presentation by G. Artopoulos and M. Deligiorgi

Sustainability principles underline the importance of the continuous use of historic or vernacular buildings as part of the building stock of our cities. In an era of rapid technological improvements, state-of-the-art methodologies and tools dedicated to the protection and promotion of our cultural heritage should be developed and extensively employed in the built environment. The presentation offered considerations about the value of the digitisation of the heritage renovation process today, and discussed the potential impact of novel data integration methods and workflows to the practice. This was presented through preliminary results of ongoing research and results of the project “Portal for heritage buildings integration into the contemporary built environment” (PERIsCOPE), which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.


In this session we presented research about integrating ‘as is’ architectural information of heritage buildings, historical, as well as construction details with conservation studies and large scale environmental analysis data, in order to bridge the three scales of building information (i.e., construction, architecture, urban) and enable the monitoring of historic clusters in contemporary cities. We argued that the adoption of a holistic, integrated, multi-disciplinary strategy can bridge technological innovation with the conservation and restoration of heritage buildings. This research is enabled by an innovative online platform for the identification, classification, documentation and renovation of heritage buildings which can be exploited by a variety of stakeholders related to the conservation and retrofit activities. This digital platform relies on state-of-the-art techniques in the scientific fields of Building Information Modelling, remote sensing, terrestrial and aerial 3D modelling techniques, and non-destructive onsite testing. Overall, this research responds to the need for storing, accessing, analysing, and updating heterogeneous data of heritage buildings, which currently, are found in unstructured data repositories of in scattered, inaccessible databases.

More on the project at: https://uperiscope.cyi.ac.cy/news-and-events

Presentation in the framework of HERSUS Event C3 – International Student Workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus, May 2022.

Author: Georgios Artopoulos
Assistant Professor, The Cyprus Institute

Author: Marissia Deligiorgi
Research Assistant, The Cyprus Institute

Professor Georgios Artopoulos works on immersive and virtual environments, urban modeling and digital simulation for the study of built heritage and the creative exploration of historical narratives. Georgios holds a Master of Philosophy and a PhD, University of Cambridge (UK) with a Doctoral Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Together with the team of Virtual Environments Lab, at the CyI, Georgios is developing ICT-enabled user-driven tools for social resilience and inclusion, with an application in historical context. The social aspects of historic space and the cross-disciplinary nature of the pressing challenges facing our cities are explored through the externally funded projects he is contributing to or coordinating (under H2020, ENI-CBC-MED, and Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation frameworks), his role as a co-Head of Virtual Competency Centre e-Infrastructure of the DARIAH ERIC, and as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI Urban Europe, where he works on matters of sustainable and liveable cities and urban areas. His work was presented at the International Exhibition Computational Turn in Architecture, MAV, Marseille; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017; Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism; 63rd Venice Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia; Royal Institute of British Architects, London; London Design Festival; Festival of Architecture 2018, Israel.


Marissia Deligiorgi works as an Architectural Visualization Research Assistant and BIM Expert at Virtual Environments Lab, STARC, CYI (2019-2022). Her work focused on virtual environments, BIM implementation and digital simulation for historic cities (projects Urban PERIsCOPE, ANNFASS, Urban). In parallel since 2017, she holds the position of Associate Lecturer at MArch Architecture and Urbanism (RIBA Part II) at Athens Metropolitan College, teaching BIM methodology and she collaborates as a BIM expert at various architectural and construction firms as EBArchitecs, Vinci Construction Grand Project Hellas (VCGPH) where she had been practising the BIM process in private or public projects such as Thessaloniki Metro: Extension to Kalamaria, Athens Metro: Line 4, Piraeus Tower Project, Energy Upgrading of Skiron Tunnel – Olympia Odos.


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