Yves Ubelmann, Digital architect for cultural heritage
From the Roman city of Pompeii in Italy to Buddhist monasteries of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, Yves Ubelmann has worked as a digital architect in a dozen countries for major partners like UNESCO, the World Bank and the Louvre museum to digitize the world heritage that is under threat. For Culture(s) With Vivendi he reflects on his career path that leaded him to work on archeological sites in Syria, Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan in conflict zones or at risk from erosion. In these interviews, he tells how serious the situation is: “It’s really by thinking about a problem in the field that I started to wonder how to find solutions to at least conserve the knowledge of these sites which we know are about to disappear.” In Syria for example many archeological sites are hard to access or threatened when they don’t have already been destroyed. With associate drone specialist Philippe Barthélémy they decided to develop and adapt these technologies to provide a tailored solution for this conservation issue and to do so they founded their own company Iconem.