Clay, marble, pixels: the city - CANCELLED

Clay, marble, pixels: the city - CANCELLED
19 November 2018, 3.00pm - 5.00pm
IHR Research Training Room, N318, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This interactive event will focus on the birth and development of inhabited spaces, bringing together an accessible approach to ancient history and a hands-on digital lab where participants will learn the basics of 3D modelling and create their own unique imaginary city.

This interactive event will focus on the earliest cities. It will begin with a short introductory talk aimed at a non-specialist audience, illustrating the layout of those very ancient places and what this might tell us about the people that lived there. There will then be a hands-on session in which participants will be taught the basic principles of 3D modelling, using the free and user-friendly software Sketchup. Taking inspiration from the talk and from additional iconographic material, attendees will be invited to combine simple solids to create a small, digital city in 3D.

The attendees will be invited to take inspiration from the historical sources, but also to reinvent shapes and spatial relationships in order to produce an entirely personal digital output. The training will include the use of free online libraries of pre-made digital objects to enhance the models. Attendees will be free to choose if they prefer to follow accuracy or to generate amusing historical paradoxes, featuring, for example, modern furniture in ancient buildings, or placing Victorian coaches in prehistoric cities.

The event will take place in a computer room. Limited availability.

Part of the Being Human Festival 2018.


Valerie James
020 7862 8716