Monday, May 28, 2012

Rebuilding L'Aquila with Google Maps

In 2009 an earthquake in the Italian city of L'Aquila caused the death of 308 people and damaged many of the town's historically important buildings. Noi L'Aquila is a Google Map developed by Google in partnership with the City of L'Aquila, the ANFE (Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigrati), the University of L'Aquila and the architect Barnaby Gunning.

The map aims to capture the memories of the citizens of L'Aquila and help speed up the reconstruction of the city. It provides a means for the town's inhabitants to record their memories of the town and at the same time to inspire the future of L'Aquila visualising its reconstruction with 3D models.

Users of the map can submit photographs and videos to a Google Map and also contribute text about their memories of locations throughout the town. The map also includes an option to view the town with the Google Earth browser plug-in. In the Inspire the Future section of the site users can contribute 3d models to help visualise and shape the reconstruction of the town.

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