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Special Issue "Sustainable Alternate Realities in Digital Heritage"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marc Aurel Schnabel

Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington
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Interests: virtual and augmented environments; parametric and algorithmic modelling and simulation; BIM; thermal comfort; digital manga
Guest Editor
Dr. Serdar Aydin

School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington
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Interests: digital heritage; digital design methods; alternate realities; design research; cybernetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital tools have become critical instruments in preserving and communicating the value of heritage as important cultural expressions of the past. A consequence of digitalisation is the democratisation of heritage institutions, such as museums, which are found to value increasingly new types of content and new profiles of audiences. Digitisation plays a vital role in the alteration of the convictions of the heritage field to ‘materiality’ and ‘actuality.’ It is nowadays more important to understand the development of ‘virtuality’ when people intuitively collaborate for content-making in alternate realities of digital heritage.

Although researchers acknowledge the significance of digital heritage into new ways of expressing ‘authenticity’ and ‘virtuality,’ studies have been confined to heritage activities comprised of digital documentation, representation and dissemination. Previous studies have reported on the role of public engagement in digital heritage, which is criticised as consumptive, passive, guided and descriptive. Instead, the motivation of this Special Issue is to explore a new role that is ‘generative,’ ‘active’ and ‘creative’ for the production of heritage knowledge. In this regard,

We are interested in theoretical and applied research on innovative digital design approaches used for creative and participatory content-making in digital heritage. What are the advantages of inviting people to take part in alternate realities for content production in heritage? The primary research interest for asking this question is to know the impact of immersiveness on creativity and to qualitatively measure the role of creativity for developing a sense of virtuality.

Prof. Dr. Marc Aurel Schnabel
Dr. Serdar Aydin
Guest Editors

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  • digital heritage
  • alternate realities
  • creativity
  • participation

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Open AccessArticle Alternative Divulgation of the Local Sculptural Heritage: Construction of Paper Toys and Use of the Minecraft Video Game
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4262; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114262
Received: 4 October 2018 / Revised: 13 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 18 November 2018
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At present it is easy to digitalize sculptural heritage in 3D. Three-dimensional models allow for visualization of the work from all angles. The result can be seen in three-dimensional visors, in virtual reality, or by means of 3D-printed replicas. However, the recipient continues
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At present it is easy to digitalize sculptural heritage in 3D. Three-dimensional models allow for visualization of the work from all angles. The result can be seen in three-dimensional visors, in virtual reality, or by means of 3D-printed replicas. However, the recipient continues to be, as is also the case in books and videos, a passive spectator of the cultural patrimony. In order to promote participation and to increase interest in local heritage, alternative methods for promotion of the digital patrimony have been developed. In this article, two means of publicizing local (less-known) heritage in an active manner have been described. On the one hand, the transformation of 3D models into cut-outs (paper toys) where it is necessary to make the sculptures by hand, and on the other hand, the incorporation of the models into the video game Minecraft, an immersed 3D world which permits visiting or generating content. To validate these alternatives, two examples based on the sculptures of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) have been created, and they have been used in pilot studies in schools in order to obtain a first appraisal of user satisfaction. Full article
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