So, in addition Microsoft’s Photosynth, a number of new Structure from Motion reconstruction tools have become available recently, most notably Hypr3d and Autodesk’s 123d Catch. These seem to have been prompted primarily by the recent popularization of 3D printing, so their focus is on creating water-tight wireframes. This makes them rather different from Photosynth, which places emphasis on displaying photos at their full resolution rather than assembling them into a textured wireframe.
The great thing about photographing for structure from motion – apart from the weird looks people give you as you take 300 photos of something they might snap once or twice – is that photosets can be dropped into all of these new algorithms, and the reconstruction software is only going to get better. Here are some new models made from photos I took at Qusayr ‘Amra in Jordan and Cappadocia in Turkey:
Ornament as Portable Culture: Between Globalism and Localism, a conference at Harvard University April 12-14, 2012, should be wonderful. Oleg Grabar’s work on ornament in Islamic art has too often been taken as the final word on the topic, when it seems actually to sketch the outlines of problem that no one could hope to unravel in a single book.
A new set of spherical panoramas of the Cathedral/Mosque of Cordoba was recently produced by Promedia 2.0. The map in the top right corner of the interface is especially useful for helping visitors understand the location of the panorama within the cathedral.
The proceedings of a conference on Ottoman architecture in the Balkans held this past summer are now free to download. Several of the speakers draw attention to material that’s understudied, much of it threatened by abandonment and new development, while others document conservation efforts.
Centres and peripheries in Ottoman architecture: rediscovering a Balkan heritage
ed. Maximilian Hartmuth
Sarajevo/Stockholm: Cultural Heritage without Borders, 2011
- MAXIMILIAN HARTMUTH (Istanbul): The history of centre-periphery relations as a history of style in Ottoman provincial architecture
- JOHAN MÅRTELIUS (Stockholm): Ottoman European architecture
- GRIGOR BOYKOV (Ankara): Reshaping urban space in the Ottoman Balkans: a study on the architectural development of Edirne, Plovdiv, and Skopje (14th-15th centuries)
- IBOLYA GERELYES (Budapest): Ottoman architecture in Hungary: new discoveries and perspectives for research
- MACHIEL KIEL (Bonn): The campanile-minarets of the southern Herzegovina: a blend of Islamic and Christian elements in the architecture of an outlying border area of the Balkans, its spread in the past and survival until our time
- MARIANNE BOQVIST (Stockholm): “Centre” and “periphery” in the Syrian countryside: the architecture of mosques in governmental foundations on the Ottoman imperial roads
- FEDERICA BROILO (Venice): The forgotten Ottoman heritage of Florina on the River Sakoulevas, and a little known Ottoman building on the shore of Lake Volvis in Greek Macedonia
- VJEKOSLAVA SANKOVIC SIMCIC (Sarajevo): The restoration of the mosque of Hadzi Alija in Pocitelj
- ZEYNEP AHUNBAY (Istanbul): Ottoman architecture in Kosova and the restoration of Hadum Mosque in Gjakovo (Djakovica)
- NENAD MAKULJEVIC (Belgrade): State, society, and visual culture: late Ottoman architecture in Serbia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina
- LEJLA BUSATLIC (Sarajevo): The transformation of the oriental-type urban house in post-Ottoman Bosnia and Herzegovina
- MIRZA HASAN CEMAN (Sarajevo): Urban interventions by the Ottoman state in Bosnia-Herzegovina after 1860
- CAZIM HADZIMEJLIC (Sarajevo): Mihrabs in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- MEHMET Z. IBRAHIMGIL (Ankara): A survey of objects within the Murad Reis compound in Rhodes