TEDx :

From the past to the future

Technology has become an important tool for the reconstruction of historical sites around the world. Such is the case of the Plaza de Gallos in León,Guanajuato. This building was built at the beginning of the 19th century and has hosted numerous cultural events and fairs. Disabled in the 1960s, the Plaza de Gallos spent some time off the map until in 2012 the city council decided to buy it and begin a process of restoration of the structure, which has obviously deteriorated over the years.

TEDx initiative: an innovative vision of historical legacy

Our work begins with the TEDx initiative in 2016, which consisted of generating a unique virtual reality experience during the presentation of the renovation project of the Plaza de Gallos within the same facilities. We designed a mobile application that would show the user the before and after view of the venue. In addition, we integrated the virtual reality function into the same app so that the spaces could be visited from a much more realistic and immersive view.

Before and After Technology

To visualize the before and after of the Plaza de Gallos inside our app, we first take a 360 photo of the place as the current view. To generate the after reconstruction, we integrated a 360 render based on the previous modeling made by the architect in charge of the project. Both images are designed in the same 360 modality so that the user could walk around the space and intersperse the views whenever he wants, comparing the original structure with the remodeling project. In addition, we integrated a menu with different position options within the Plaza de Gallos so that it is possible to observe the enclosure from any angle.

Virtual reality with Google Cardboard

The application we developed for this project has the virtual reality function, which can be activated by a virtual reality lens Google Cardboard. Integrated into the Google Cardboard viewer, a button allows the user to switch between the before and after views by pressing it. Similarly, the user can simply touch the option on the screen and change views. We designed the virtual reality function so that by staring at a specific point, the application will change the user's position within the site and get a different view.