Virtual reality-based digitisation for endangered heritage sites: Theoretical framework and application

Hajirasouli, Aso and Banihashemi, Saeed and Kumarasuriyar, Anoma and Talebi, Saeed and Tabadkani, Amir (2021) Virtual reality-based digitisation for endangered heritage sites: Theoretical framework and application. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 49. pp. 140-151. ISSN 1296-2074

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Abstract

The longevity and survival of the ancient heritage sites, especially those in isolated locations, have been gradually threatened over the past decades, due to the globalisation and subsequent socio-cultural changes. As a result (of these changes), the future of these ancient sites remains uncertain. Therefore, this study aims to develop a digitally integrated framework using Virtual Reality, VR, technology to digitally document and create a simulated environment of the endangered heritage sites and present how new urban and construction developments may impact their presence. Hence, this study applied a qualitative longitudinal method to present the steps required to collect the data, develop a narrative-based framework and interactively present it via the VR project. The developed framework was, then, validated through the field data collection, across five years, from a very unique case study; Kandan, Iran as the last cone-shaped community settlement in the world, and its result was effectively displayed and exhibited at QUT IMPACT exhibition in Australia over a one-week period. The outcomes of this research could successfully raise awareness, encourage engagement and action and question the status quo of this heritage settlement through an interactive and engaging exhibition with the public.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2021.02.005
Date: 22 March 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital heritage Digital technology Emerging technology Virtual reality Endangered heritage sites Endangered community Kandovan
Subjects: K200 Building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Saeed Talebi
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 09:30
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 09:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11853

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