In collaboration with The School of Design & Arts at Beijing Institute of Technology and The Old Summer Palace, the project is to explore the use of digital technologies to develop a preservation and development plan for the Old Summer Palace
This project aims to develop a coherent understanding of the influence and impact of the Old Summer Palace heritage site and its architecture on shaping the cultural and art scenes in Beijing over the past two centuries as well as exploring novel means to capture, document and preserve the architecture and cultural history of the site in an accessible and visitor-friendly and futuristic manner.
The Old Summer Palace (also known as Yuán Míng Yuán and Garden of Gardens) is an important, yet vast historic site in Northern Beijing. The Old Summer Palace was the main imperial residence of Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty and his successors.
Covered an area of 350 hectares, the Old Summer Palace was known for its extensive collection of gardens, its building architecture and numerous art and historical treasures.
圆明园占地 350 公顷，以其丰富的园林、建筑和众多艺术和历史珍品而闻名。
Through capturing essence of heritage environment and investigating history and collections, we plan to develop an immersive virtual experience of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing with a multiplicity of software and digitisation technology.
The project involves training workshop and social events. Architecture and urban heritage are essential domains and we hope to further develop participants' capacity in building a better future of more sustainable and humane cities and built environments through these events.
Research seminars will be organised in relation to the Old Summer Palace. Meanwhile, publications will be developed. For more information about previous events, please click the button below.
CEntre of Virtual Intelligence in CulturalHeritage [CEViC]
The Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage
School of Architecture, Design & The Built Environment, NTU, UK
The School of Design & Arts
Beijing Institute of Technology, China