What if we could hold ancient artifacts in our hands or live in many possible worlds? Evocative architect and virtual cultural heritage advocate Davide Borra is on a mission to future-proof the past.

Spending time with Davide Borra is like seeing the world through the eyes of a child – delight, curiosity, and cognition emanate from a cheeky grin and in the twinkle of his eyes. As president of Italy’s Movement for Modelling and Simulation (MIMOS) and owner of NoReal.It. Davide’s passion for virtual cultural heritage is bringing new insights and new audiences to the rich cultural histories of our cities and spaces.

Learning through play is one of the experiences that we appreciate from childhood onwards. We act on our emotional channels; we can identify ourselves with the virtual characters and imagine we are “there” at “that time”. Such projects make museums more intriguing, as well as aiding the disabled and foreigners — these are totally virtual experiences you could do from home. Not least of all, they provide professional users a repository of related information as was never possible in the past.

 Words: Davide Borra – Photos: Davide Borra

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