William G. Gilroy | Mar. 28, 2014 | Notre Dame News
John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy, will be in attendance as an exhibit and symposium highlighting the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s discoveries at the historic Roman Forum open April 2 (Wednesday) in Rome. Dario Franceschini, Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and Véronique Dauge, head of the Cultural Unit, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, also will be in attendance.
Ground-breaking methods of documentation and interpretation of World Heritage Sites by the Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA) research team at Notre Dame will be the focus of the collaborative symposium, to be held April 2-4.
Launching in conjunction with the symposium is the first 3-D exhibit on historic preservation in the Roman Forum, which will be on display from April until September in Rome. The exhibit will display the collective efforts of DHARMA’s detailed architectural drawings and watercolors, a 3-D model of the Forum and its monuments and gigapan high-resolution panoramic photographs. These will be accompanied by detailed architectural analyses together with past and present research and discoveries undertaken by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, with the curatorship of Patrizia Fortini and Notre Dame’s Krupali Krusche and Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky.