Time-Dependant Illumination and Animation of Virtual Hagia-Sophia

Foni, A. and Papagiannakis, G. and Cadi-Yazli, N. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N.

Abstract: This paper presents a case study centered on the virtual restitution and virtual life simulation of a highly complex and endangered heritage edifice: the church of Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, Turkey. The goal of this article is to describe the techniques used in order to achieve a real time rendering and animation of the selected space and its characters, as well as to point out the challenges and solutions that such a work implies at different stages in production. Most of these issues are focused on the reconstruction of the architecture of the site, however, in order to achieve an accurate simulation, the social aspect is not to be omitted. The importance of a heritage site resides as well in the historical characters and the social interactions that were taking place there: this information allows a better understanding of the function and the importance of the selected site in connection with the cultural aspects of the life at a certain time. In order to strengthen the feeling of immersion in a heritage edifice virtually restituted, it is important to recreate virtual life and describe the timely evolutionary aspects of the edifice as well.

  journal = {The International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC)},
  author = {Foni, A. and Papagiannakis, G. and Cadi-Yazli, N. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N.},
  title = {Time-Dependant Illumination and Animation of Virtual Hagia-Sophia},
  month = apr,
  year = {2007}