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Livio De Luca


"Today, it is necessary to go beyond specific languages, protocols and established knowledge in order to come together to speak a common language."

Architect with a doctorate in engineering, CNRS director Livio De Luca leads us with wisdom, expertise and technique inside places and stories that recount the possibility of bringing back from the ashes a monument of great symbolic value for the entire human community: Notre Dame Cathedral.  To recover memory, to build and to rebuild, in his story at 21 Minutes Livio De Luca connects autobiography, poetry, engineering, architecture, digital science and statistical analysis, telling his personal and professional journey with sensitivity.


Graduated in Architecture, PhD in Engineering, he is Director of Research at CNRS and Director of the MAP unit (Models and Simulations for Architecture and Heritage). Since 2019, he has been the scientific coordinator of the digital construction site for the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, bringing together more than 100 scientists, engineers, architects and art historians. Co-chair of the UNESCO international congress (Marseille 2013, Grenada 2015) and coordinator of national and international scientific studies his research activities focus on surveying, geometric modelling and semantic enrichment of digital representations of cultural heritage, as well as on the design and development of multidimensional information systems for knowledge conservation and restoration. Editor of scientific journals in the field, he has received numerous academic awards since 2007, receiving the CNRS Innovation Medal in 2019 and the Targa d'Oro of the UID (Italian Union for Design) in 2021.
The scientists, led by Livio de Luca, are working on the creation of a 'digital twin' of the cathedral. Until now, 3D conversion technology applied to heritage has focused on the representation of buildings, whereas the ambition of this project is "to bring together in a single platform several models describing all the transformations the cathedral has undergone throughout its life" 3D technologies made it possible to digitalise the cathedral in the years before the fire, information that is now very valuable for the reconstruction of the destroyed parts.

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