In a well-attended public ceremony held in Caen, France, Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer and Josette Travers, President of the Université de Caen, signed a contract of cooperation between Rome Reborn and Caen's project "Rome virtuelle." After the signing ceremony, Frischer gave a public presentation of the model as the highlight of the inauguration of the university's new virtual reality theater. Through the new partnership, the Rome Reborn team has been able to add such important features as the Forum of Augustus, Forum of Peace, Forum of Nerva, and the Theater of Pompey to the digital model. It is expected that the next addition from Caen will be the Baths of Caracalla.
Rome Reborn was the featured attraction in an all-night festival held at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam from 7:00 pm on November 7 until 2:00 am on November 8. During this time, museum docents gave repeated virtual tours of ancient Rome using the Rome Reborn model; and Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer and Technical Director Kim Dylla gave talks to SRO crowds in the museum's auditorium. Museum Director Wim Hupperetz stated that the festival attracted double the previous record number of visitors attending such a festival. The all-night event was preceded by a scholarly conference at the museum on Friday, November 6, 2009 which was devoted to the Rome Reborn project and the virtual modeling of historic cities.
Google announced the results of a competition open to K-12 teachers in the United States to incorporate into the curriculum the Rome Reborn model in Google Earth. Eight teachers from around the country were given awards for adapting their standards-based lessons to include the use of Ancient Rome 3D, the version of Rome Reborn available at no cost in Google Earth.
The Rome Reborn project was featured as the cover story of the December, 2008 issue of Computer Graphics World. CGW editor-in-chief Karen Moltenberry authored the ten-page story. She called the project "without question...impressive and ground-breaking." The article is available online.
November 12, 2008 - "Rome Reborn," the digital re-creation of ancient Rome unveiled last year by Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni and Project Director Bernard Frischer, is now available to all, thanks to Google and a host of other collaborators.
The launch of this new initiative was announced today in Rome at an event hosted by Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome. The event was attended by Google Earth founder Michael T. Jones and dignitaries from the municipality of Rome and the Italian government... View Document (.pdf)
A significantly enhanced version of Rome Reborn made its public debut at SIGGRAPH 2008 this August in Los Angeles. It was one of several cutting-edge New Tech Demos that exemplifies how the past invigorates the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Considered the largest virtual reconstruction, cultural heritage, and digital archaeology project to date, Rome Reborn is an international collaboration designed to create an interactive 3D digital model that illustrates the urban development of ancient Rome... View Document (.pdf)
Bernard Frischer, director of the "Rome Reborn" project based at the University of Virginia, stated, "Rome Reborn 1.0" is the continuation of five centuries of research by scholars, architects and artists since the Renaissance who have attempted to restore the ruins of the ancient city with words, maps and images. "Rome Reborn 1.0" is a true 3D model that runs in real time. Users can navigate through the model with complete freedom, moving up, down, left and right at will. They can enter important public buildings such as the Roman Senate House, the Colosseum, or the Temple of Venus and Rome, the ancient city's largest place of worship... HTML Document