Virtual Tours library for historically important landscapes

By Ramzi Hassan

Med VR-brillene på kan du besøke steder og tider som ikke lengre er tilgjengelige for oss.
Med VR-brillene på kan du besøke steder og tider som ikke lengre er tilgjengelige for oss. Photo: Ramzi Hassan

NMBU's Virtual Reality Lab shared their work on the use of VR for creating tours of historically important landscapes at the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools conference 2021

Virtual Tours facilitate a story-guided encounters that enable educators, researchers and students to observe and understand the complications of historical site interactively and dynamically and provide a comprehensive historic experience of them. 

For the understanding of a discipline, historical research plays a central role. Here, we discuss an innovative approach to engaging with the history of landscape design architecture and shows ways in which future generations of landscape architects can be introduced to working with historical studies.

The historic Barony Rosendal park is used as case study. The little manor from the 1660s is located about 130 km southeast from Bergen on the west coast of Norway. It is surrounded by historical landscapes, including a Renaissance garden from the 1660s and a romantic landscape garden from the 1850s. It is the most comprehensive preserved historical park in Norway.

By using this case we offer virtual access to one of the most important Norwegian sites. Our approach combines historical information with new media, which enable us to develop new methods by which to engage with the history of our own discipline landscape architecture. This is a collaboration work between the Virtual Reality Lab (Ramzi Hassan) and the Theory and History Research Group (Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn) at the school of Landscape Architecture at the University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

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