Large 3D model of Prague goes on display at Anděl shopping mall
Before the computer age, Prague city planners used a large 3D model of the capital to see what new buildings, roads and other features would look like in the given environment. But 10 years ago, the model was replaced by digital technologies; now it has been put to a new use. With new interactive features, the model has gone on display in one of the city’s shopping malls.
But there’s more than that. The 3D model now has several interactive functions that allow visitors to look at hundreds of interesting sites up close. The Railroad Kingdom’s Rudolf Pospíšil explains.
“We set up two modes in which the model can be viewed. Visitors can use what we call info-kiosks with touchscreens that are connected with cameras positioned above the model. This allows you to look at details of some interesting buildings and so on. At the moment, there are some 400 points of interest with information provided from the database of the Prague Information Service.”
The 3-D model – in 1:1000 scale – consists of more than 300 tiles, or modules, the first of which were made in 1980. Head of Prague City Hall’s urban planning department, Kateřina Szentesiová, says other cities in Europe also used similar tools in the past.
Prague boasts several other city models; the most famous one was made in the 1820s and 30s by Antonín Langweil. It shows the historic centre of the capital, including the city’s former Jewish ghetto that no longer exists.
The modern model also shows parts of Prague that changed in the 1990s. One of them is the neighbourhood of Holešovice where several development projects replaced old houses along the river. And there are also several mistakes. Rudolf Pospíšil again.
More information about the 3D model of Prague can be found at www.modelprahy.cz.