Recording and Training in Al-Balad (Jeddah)
Saudi Arabia, 2017

In March 2017, Otto Lowe and Pedro Miró led a two-week intensive training programme at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts/Jeddah and recorded traditional architecture in the Al-Balad quarter of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

  • Views of Al-Balad

The team trained twelve Saudi students from the Jameel House of Traditional Art/Jeddah on the basic principles and techniques for photogrammetry, an effective, affordable and easily transferable technique for recording cultural heritage.

  • Pedro Miró teaching at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts/Jeddah
  • The Foundation´s team worked with Saudi artist Ahmad Angawi during training and recording

As part of their programme, the students recorded a number of delicately carved surfaces and intricately structured wooden lattice work-both hallmarks of Al-Balad.

  • Photogrammetry workshop in Jeddah
  • As part of the training, students practice photogrammetry
  • Recording details
  • Render of the door recorded during the training

During their time there, Pedro and Otto also recorded the surface of four traditional buildings in the old city of Al Balad. Despite their cultural significance, many of the recorded buildings have heavily deteriorated and their interiors risk collapsing in their near future.

  • Pedro Miró recording the first facade of a traditional building in Jeddah
  • Detail of one of the four facades recorded
  • 3000 photos were taken to record the facade and processed to make this 3D model
  • Second site recorded
  • Details of the second facade recorded
  • 3D model of a detail from the second facade
  • Assessing the quality of the recorded data: a routed sample compared to the original

The team took more than a 3,000 photographs at each site using both photogrammetry and the FARO Focus laser scanner and preliminary processing demonstrates both the precision and adaptability of these two technologies.

  • Third facade recorded
  • Fourth site recorded
  • Visiting and recording the house of artist Dr Sami Angawi

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