Electric Archaeology  macht auf einen Workshop in Berlin Anfang April aufmerksam. Schon die ausführliche Beschreibung ist lesenswert (auch den links folgen…):

Interdisciplinary and international workshop on spatial analysis in past built environments

The Area A-III (Archaeoinformatics) of Topoi Excellence Cluster, is organising a two-day workshop on “Spatial analysis of past built spaces”. The workshop is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of April 2010, at the Topoi building, Free University, Berlin. The two-day workshop aims to promote discussion among a range of researchers in the disciplines of, history/archaeology, urbanism, architecture, and computer science who have an interest in the formal spatial analysis of past built environments. A summary of the workshop can be found below. More information about the Topoi Excellence Cluster can be found at: www.topoi.org

The workshop is funded by the Topoi Excellence Cluster and there are no registration fees.

Summary of the workshop:
Within archaeology, computer-based spatial analysis (for example, GIS-based analysis) has been widely applied to the investigation of historic and prehistoric space, both domestic and ritual. Typically, however, the focus has been on larger spatial scales (‘landscapes’) rather than urban spaces and buildings. More recently, a range of formal  spatial analytical methods have begun to be developed for the study of human engagement, experience and socialisation within the built environment.
Many, although not all, of these emanate from the fields of architectural and urban studies. Methodologies whose origins lie in Hillier and Hanson’s Space Syntax, and in formal methods developed in the field of urban studies (using, for example, axial and visibility graph analysis, http://www.vr.ucl.ac.uk/research/vga/) are now gaining in popularity among researchers of historic and prehistoric urban environments; concepts such as visibility, movement, and accessibility within urban spaces have been given increasingly more weight in contemporary studies of built spaces dated in a variety of periods, such as the Aegean Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman period, Byzantine and Medieval Eras. The application of these new methods within the realms of history and archaeology therefore appears promising. Archaeological and historical research would clearly have a lot to gain from theoretical and methodological frameworks that aim to investigate human-environment relationships and social aspects of built space. Equally, archaeological and historical approaches may have a distinct contribution to make to contemporary architectural theory and urban design concepts. An interdisciplinary meeting that brings together a variety of researchers including archaeologists, architects, urban planners and computer scientists to discuss common areas of interest could, therefore, encourage new directions of research in the study of built environment.

Presentations and discussion will take place mainly at the first day of the workshop. The program will be arranged so that around two-thirds of time will be dedicated to pre-prepared material, and one third for open discussion. The invited participants will be asked to make a presentation on spatial analysis methods that are applicable in past built environments, such as access analysis, visibility graph analysis, isovist analysis, agent-based models of pedestrian movement, 3D visibility approaches. These topics raise questions which would benefit greatly from a collaborative framework of specialists. These include:

How can spatial analysis facilitate a better understanding of human engagement, experience and socialization in prehistoric and historic spaces?

Can methodologies developed for the investigation of contemporary environments be successfully applied in historical and archaeological datasets? What are the limitations? Which research directions have greater potential to prove fruitful in future research on historic and prehistoric built spaces? What, if anything, can  archaeological and historical perspectives contribute to research into contemporary architectural and urban studies?

Are there any human behavioral processes in the built environment that are common to modern, historic and prehistoric people?

The second day will be partly dedicated to a series of ‘show and tell’ demonstrations of software and analytical methods. An open forum will be organised, with both presentation and computational facilities available to those that are interested in participating to this event. Researchers will be able to demonstrate software, data sets or tools, to run ‘hands on’ demonstrations and discussions about spatial analysis in built spaces.

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