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Schütz, Franz X. (2014): Why work with geographers in reconstructions and visualizations of ancient Rome? An application of the landscape(t)-model. In: Häuber, Chrystina; Schütz, Franz X.; Winder, Gordon M. (eds.) : Reconstruction and the Historic City: Rome and Abroad - an interdisciplinary approach. Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsgeographie München, Vol. 6. München: LMU, Department für Geographie, Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Wirtschaftsgeographie. pp. 108-127
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This paper deals with digital modeling, reconstruction and visualization of urban landscapes, especially with the City of Rome. A new model is presented here: the landscape(t)-model. I will give a short summary of current attempts to model, reconstruct and visualize (ancient) Rome or parts of the City. A short overview on the development of digital spatio-temporal methods, especially on databases and technology of geographic information systems (GIS) is given to see the differences between conventional methods and my object-oriented approach concerning the landscape(t)-model. Apart from this I will present some other research questions and current subjects in geography like resources (urban mining) and sustainability in urban spaces, where geographers, archaeologists, historians and scholars from many other disciplines can work together in a very fruitful way. A central question in that research will be: what can we learn from the past for future developments? Such research needs an interdisciplinary, integrative approach with special attention to the human impact on cityscapes and the integration of archaeological and historical evidence.