Category Archives: Mapping other Venices : Replicas (2015/W2)

Venetian Index – Post #3

Since the beginning of the project “Replicas of Venice”, our team has performed extensive background research on both man made replicas such as the Venetian resorts, as well as cities whose architecture reminds its visitors of Venice.  The Macao and Las Vegas hotels were qualitatively compared exploring what features each of them copied from the Italian town. It was determined, however, that there is no sufficient information available online to create the city maps of those resorts. Hence, the project focus shifted from mapping of the replicas using QGIS to creating a map of the “Venices of the World” including all cities worldwide that have been compared to Venice. The Grand Canal was selected as the main feature to define a city-replica and an initial map of all the cities, represented in the previous blog post, was created.

In order to complete the “Venices of the World” analysis, other features will be added to the initial map including the following:

  • Geographical resemblance of cities to the real Venice such as the proximity to water/sea, the population and the area of the city.
  • Historical similarities such as “city state” status, center of commerce, year of foundation.
  • City structure similarities such as Gothic/Medieval architecture, the presence of the canal, the number of bridges and the availability transportation by boat.

The final map will be designed using World Map Vector open source code available on <>. The current map layout is provided in the image below and will be available on an online website. Each country will be color coded based on the number of cities in it which resemble Venice. On the other hand, a Venetian Index will account for the number of features identified in each city. The highest ranking replicas will be displayed on the poster including pictures and the identified similarities. Summarized information about the categorization will be provided once the user selects a country on the map. The final poster will include a picture of the map with the color coded iconography.

Image 1: Website Layout
Image 1: Website Layout

In the interest of the poster presentation, Principal Component Analysis (PCA) will also be performed to visually display the information from the website. Each axis of the PCA will represent one of the categories defined above: geography, history and city structure. Hence, clusters of cities will be established based on the degree of similarity to Venice. The result will be a visual representation that will easily identify the “replica” cities which best duplicate Venice.

The changes made to the scope of the project and the re-definition of the deliverables described above has caused a project delay of one week. The deadline of the second phase has been extended until May 1st as reflected on the timeline below. The final phase including the preparation of the report and the poster has been, as a consequence, reduced down to three weeks. Notwithstanding, this revision of the timeline can be easily accommodated since it initially included buffer time for such changes.

Image 2: Project Timeline


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