During her visit to VCU, Glaire Anderson demonstrated the digital munya project. The munya is a kind of villa complex built in the Islamic world. As she notes on the project’s website,
“The digital munya project is is an ongoing multidisciplinary effort to visualize this important medieval building type, its landscape setting, and its interior decoration. We are developing a fully navigable 3-D model, which uses a gaming platform to provide scholars and students with a new tool for creative visualization and analysis.
Our visualization combines elements from two archaeological sites near present-day Córdoba: al-Rummaniyya and the palace city of Madinat al-Zahra’. Our aim is not to provide accurate archaeological reconstructions of either site, but to creatively suggest visual possibilities of vanished munya spaces.”
For access to the project, see http://digitalmunya.web.unc.edu/