May 21-23, 2019 - Anaheim, CA

Historic Preservation

May 22 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Historic Preservation

Track Names: AEC Next, AIA Accredited
Session Date: May 22 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

The Taliesin West Data Capture- A tale of Exploring New Technology in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Laboratory

In 2018 the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation approached Leica Geosystems with a unique problem that could only be solved though the use of cutting edge technology. The foundation wanted to digitally preserve and share Taliesin West through an immersive experience making it available for all to enjoy, no matter distance, accessibility challenges or time. Taliesin West was a working laboratory for Frank Lloyd Wright and this is where he could experiment with materials and push the boundaries to see what could be done to advance the way we build and live. All of the buildings were experimental buildings that were constructed over time, many with had little or no plans. This construction laboratory seemed a fitting place to also try a new blend of fused sensor technology from a partnership with Leica Geosystems and Matterport captured by Multivista. Through the combination of the BLK360 laser scanner, Matterport camera, sophisticated documentation and an immersive media platform anybody anywhere can now experience the work of the master architect. The preservation team also has over 800 scans documenting the interior and exterior of the entire campus they use as part of the preservation program. True to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, this immersive experience represents a new way for the world to access, preserve, and think about design and organic architecture.


Brian Smith

Leica Geosystems

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