Virtual Reconstruction of Historical Cities

Over the course of a semester three historical sites were constructed in a virtual navigable environment.

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Explore the temple of Sant'Omobono, located near the Forum Boarium in Rome.


Enter the Regia, a small building on the Via Sacra across the street from the Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum.

Songo Mnara

Experience Songo Mnara, a late fourteenth to early sixteenth century AD Swahili stonetown site, located in the Kilwa archipelago of southern Tanzania.


This site is a product of collaboration between students and faculty in the Rice University Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, Architecture, and Engineering. Under the supervision of professors, but working in independent study, student teams researched the archaeology of these sites as well as contemporaneous architecture. They then modeled each building using Rhino3D and Blender before integrating the buildings with the Unity Game Engine.

Grace Apfeld, Elizabeth Binswanger, Allison Clark, Ujalashah Dhanani, Joyce Jones, Cynthia Guo, Gregory Kamback, Thanasis Kouris, Abdelrahman Nimeri, Aryn Neurock, Muhammad Saad Shamim, Yidan Wang, Will Wang, Connie Wang, Joanna Weedun

Jeffrey Fleisher (Anthropology) and John Hopkins (Art History)

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Funding for this project was provided by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University under the Enriching Rice through Information Technology program.