“Building Jerusalem”: Digital Building Heritage project to unveil new reconstruction of a lost architectural design at BBC event

The Digital Building Heritage project at De Montfort University will be presenting a new “Top Secret” project at the BBC’s Great British Story event to be held at The Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna, Derbyshire 10:00 – 14:00 on Sunday 8th July . See: http://bbceastmidlands.createsend2.com/t/ViewEmail/j/7BF2633F19B53ADA

Commissioned by the BBC, the project which will be unveiled for the first time at the event will use digital 3D reconstruction technology to reveal a fascinating and previously untold story about an un-built design intended for the Sir John Moore School, a design generally attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, but in fact carried out by one of his close associates, and one of the other great architects of late 17th and early 18th century English baroque architecture. The story will take us back to pre-history, and the fascination of 17th century society with biblical buildings, it will show how and why a very advanced design for its time was created and why it was thought too modern to build in rural England. See how opposing views on architectural fashion and taste confronted one another in the 1690’s and discover the secret design method used by the architect. You will be able to take a tour of this lost building in virtual reality, and do this while you are inside the building that was actually built to see how they differed. There will be the opportunity to talk with the historians and architects who researched and created the digital reconstruction and you will be able to find out how you can become involved in recreating buildings from the past. Come along for a great day out and see vanished architecture brought back to life.

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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