The Future

As of the beginning of the 1996-1997 school year at Princeton, the entire model of the Hagia Sophia and Christ in Chora is complete, along with the landscape of Istanbul and all of the city walls except for the outer land wall. The next major step will be to apply photo images to the walls of the new Pro/ENGINEER models. The photos have been taken, and need only to be scanned in and then placed using Pro/PHOTORENDER, a program within the Pro/ENGINEER software package. At this point in time, there is no way to view the entire city on the computer, and so another major project will be to create an interface that will allow users to view the models. Quite probably, this will be a touch-sensative 2-D map of the city that would allow one to enter and "fly through" various componants of Constantinople. Should the hardware become available one day (the parallel processing SHRIMP project at the Princeton Computer Science Department, for example), complete walk throughs of the city will be possible.

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