Visualizing Venice is a Digital Humanities initiative that consists of students, scholars and architects at all levels of their careers who are actively involved in research projects to generate digital models and maps of the city of Venice, its territories, and its lagoon. Our goals are two:
– to enhance the understanding of the city, the lagoon, and its region as an on-going process of change and transformation over time,
– to communicate new knowledge about place and space to the public through portable devices and on the Visualizing Venice website.
Our research is based on archival and printed sources (documents, cartography, images) from which we generate three-dimensional models and animations that address questions of change and transformation. Begun in 2009, Visualizing Venice is collaboration between Duke University, the Università Iuav di Venezia (Iuav) and the Università degli Studi di Padova. The team now consists of approximately 30 faculty, post-docs and graduate students. Several of our initiatives involve teaching undergraduate students about the history of Venice through the vehicle of mapping and modeling projects and developing undergraduate-graduate research teams such as the VIVA initiative.



Visualizing Venice is educational and experimental. It is also committed to the concept of public outreach engaging websites and applications to explain urban environments as an evolving process that constantly responds to and reflects social, economic, religious and political change. We train students and our scholarly colleagues with basic database and digital visualization tools in our workshops and courses at Venice International University, The Università degli Studi di Padova, Iuav, and Duke University.

Contact Us



Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Duke University
Box 90766, Smith Arts Warehouse
Durham, NC 27708


Università Iuav di Venezia
Dipartimento di Architettura Costruzione Conservazione

S. Croce 191

30135 Venice, Italy


Università degli Studi di Padova
Dipartimento di Ingegneria civile, edile e ambientale – ICEA
Laboratorio di Disegno e Rappresentazione – LDR
Laboratorio di Modellazione Informatizzata – LIM
via Venezia, 1
35131 Padova, Italy


Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
275 Madison Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, New York 10016-1101
(212) 687-0011


Fondazione di Venezia
Dorsoduro 3488/U
30123 Venice, Italy


Regione del Veneto
Giunta Regionale
Palazzo Balbi – Dorsoduro, 3901
30123 Venice, Italy


Bass Connections, Duke University

103b Allen Building

Durham, NC 27708




Humanities Writ Large, Duke University

Office of the Dean of Humanities

102 Allen Building

Durham, NC 27708





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