The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, allegedly claimed to have transformed Rome from brick to marble. Explorations of this statement have previously examined literary sources, archaeological evidence, and two-dimensional maps. We reverse-engineered the ancient capital using an integrated software platform for procedural modeling to evaluate the boast in four-dimensions. A methodology more than a technology, procedural modeling requires the textual expression of decision-making based on semantic rules that emphasize part-to-whole relationships. Once articulated, the set of coded attributes and parameters inform the nimble generation of an entire cityscape.
Collaboration with Diane Favro (UCLA)