3D Reconstruction Techniques as a Cultural Shift?



Digital 3D reconstruction methods have been widely applied to support research and the presentation of historical objects since the 1980s. Whereas 3D reconstruction has been incorporated into a multitude of research applications, essential methodological foundations for more widespread utilisation of digital reconstructions have yet to be developed. Against this background, the aim of this article is to consider the question as to how the methodology of 3D reconstruction alters research cultures in architectural and art history by exemplifying three problem areas, (1) research functions of 3D reconstructions and their drawback to a current research culture in art history, (2) consequences of cross-disciplinary project-based teamwork as main cooperation format within 3D reconstruction projects, and (3) problems and difficulties caused by imagery as primary media for research and communication.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/dah.2018.3.32473


Sander Münster

is head of department for Media Design and Production at the Media Center of the Dresden University of Technology. He studied history, educational studies and business sciences at the Dresden University of Technology and received his PhD in educational technology. Moreover, he works as 3D graphic artist for scientific visualization and has been involved as 3D modeler and IT architect in various historical 3D reconstruction projects. His main research topics are interdisciplinary teamwork and workflows within 3D reconstruction projects, 4D information systems and scientific communities, learning and knowledge transfers related to digital spatial heritage. He is expert member of ICOMOS CIPA, member and peer reviewer of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Kristina Friedrichs

research focuses on historic photography as well as the development of urban tissue and identity. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Dresden 2013, supported by a grant from the DFG. She studied art history and roman languages in Dresden, Munich and Pisa.

Wolfgang Hegel

studied History of Art, Philosophy and Ibero-Romance at Würzburg University. In 2009, he graduated with a master thesis on the Nuremberg Apollo Fountain by Peter Flötner, displaying Northern Italian influences in Flötner’s work. His graduation was followed by a PhD dissertation on Giovanni Pietro Magno’s stucco work in the Würzburg cathedral (2015). Today, Wolfgang Hegel works at the regional centre for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Bayreuth.