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How can understanding the past help us better navigate the future?

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Living Heritage: a treasure for future generations

Memory is one of humanity’s defining traits. Through what we remember, we can access a vast wealth of knowledge to better understand the journey that brought us to the present moment. This common memory is a human endeavor: we pass it down from generation to generation, cultivating the richness of our heritage.

Dassault Systèmes, together with 3DEXPERIENCE EDU, is launching a new virtual exposition. Using our solutions, students bring to new life iconic places and masterpieces that have shaped human history. This celebration of our heritage invites us to explore how today’s solutions can give us a greater understanding of our common past, unlocking countless learning opportunities, and helping us map our way to a better future.

Living Heritage Challenge

Redesign a lost wonder of humanity with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Each school will participate with a team of 3 to 6 students.

They will have access to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to take advantage of the most cutting edge professional software available today supervised and supported by experts from Dassault Systèmes to help them through the creative process.

Each team will have to redesign a lost wonder of humanity, and imagine how it was based on available information. The monument chosen needs to be fully or partially destroyed and known world wide.

Now, let's introduce the teams and projects chosen.

6 teams running the Living Heritage Challenge!


TM Racing team selected HANGING GARDENS of BABYLON

We chose the Hanging Gardens from all the seven wonders of the ancient world since it is the most mysterious one.

Although this wonder is believed to have not even existed and no archaeological evidence has been found, myth or legend, we consider it as a fascinating work of architecture.

Going beyond the architectural treats, the place includes by itself a little bit of magic. The idea of a multilevel structure in the middle of the desert sounds great, but this goes beyond defeating nature. How did they manage to keep the gardens so green and with several currents running along with the floors? Maybe we'll never know. But that’s part of the fun, right?

Another great thing is the fact that only a few records about the garden survive, this allows us to use our imagination and even play with the concept a little more.


LDPF team elected PORTA NIGRA


Rembrandts team chose POMPEII

We are 5 members, a FIRST Robotics Competition team based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

We use SOLIDWORKS and the 3DExperience platform for our computer aided design needs.

Especially xDesign is a valuable tool to us, as it allows us to cooperate with multiple team members a lot easier compared to regular working methods.


Kalinga Heritage team opted for KONOARK SUN TEMPLE

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Japan team chose SHURIJO CASTLE

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5422 Stromgears team adopted THE COLOSEUM

Unveil the lost wonders of humanity selected by the teams

Hanging Gardens of Babylon


The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the ancient seven wonders of the world as described by ancient Greeks alongside the Colossus of Rhodes or the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The legend goes that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar II, constructed the gardens in the sixth century B.C. as a gift to his homesick wife, Amytis, who missed the beautiful vegetation and mountains of her native Media. They were described to be 400 feet per side and 65 feet tall. They were divided into several floors covered in a variety of trees, flowers and vines that hung from the balconies.

Even though no archaeological evidence has been found up to this point, its cultural impact is undeniable. Most of those who wrote about the gardens did it centuries after they were
destroyed by an earthquake; many who visited the city during that period didn’t mention them. This has created several theories about their real location or if they even existed.

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The Porta Nigra is a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany.
It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Porta Nigra was built in grey sandstone after 170 AD.The original gate consisted of two four-storeyed towers, projecting as near semicircles on the outer side. A narrow courtyard separated the two gate openings on either side. For unknown reasons, however, the construction of the gate remained unfinished. For example, the stones at the northern (outer) side of the gate were never abraded, and the protruding stones would have made it impossible to install movable gates. Nonetheless, the gate was used as a town entrance for centuries until the end of the Roman era in Trier.

In Roman times, the Porta Nigra was part of a system of four city gates, one of which stood at each side of the roughly rectangular Roman city. It guarded the northern entry to the Roman city, while the Porta Alba (White Gate) was built in the east, the Porta Media (Middle Gate) in the south, and the Porta Inclyta (Famous Gate) in the west, next to the Roman bridge across the Moselle. The gates stood at the ends of the two main streets of the Roman Trier, one of which led north-south and the other east-west. Of these gates, only the Porta Nigra still exists today.


POMPEII by team Rembrandts

Pompeii is one of the most widely-known historic sites. The ancient ruins of a city that used to be home to around 20.000 people, now is a highly impressive tourist attraction.

The city shows the remains of many different cultures, through the Romans' appreciation for ancient Greek scientific and philosophical ways. Pompeii is a remnant of ancient knowledge no longer possessed by modern day civilizations, since a volcanic eruption wiped out every part of the city in 79 after christ.

An example of an important site is the forum of Pompeii. This expansive, rectangular, open area served as the city’s political, cultural and commercial hub. There also are remains of a marketplace, court and some bathhouses in the area. It was the true cultural core of the city of Pompeii and its surrounding area and shows signs of the culture’s in’s and out’s to this day.


KONARK SUN TEMPLE by Kalinga Heritage team

Konark Sun Temple is located near from Puri, India. The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty about 1250 CE.

Dedicated to the Hindu Sun God Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 30 m high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Once over 61 m high, much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large shikara tower over the sanctuary; at one time this rose much higher than the mandapa that remains. The structures and elements that have survived are famed for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes, including erotic kama and mithuna scenes. Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga architecture.

The cause of the destruction of the Konark temple is unclear and still remains a source of controversy.Theories range from natural damage to deliberate destruction of the temple in the course of being sacked several times by Muslim armies between the 15th and 17th centuries. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984, it remains a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.

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SHURIJO CASTLE by team Japan

Shuri Castle was a Ryukyuan gusuku castle in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Between 1429 and 1879, it was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before becoming largely neglected.
In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, it was almost completely destroyed.
After the war, the castle was re-purposed as a university campus. Beginning in 1992, the central citadel and walls were largely reconstructed on the original site based on historical records, photographs, and memory.
In 2000, Shuri Castle was designated as a World Heritage Site, as a part of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. On the morning of 31 October 2019, the main courtyard structures of the castle were again destroyed in a fire.

For 450 years from 1429, it was the royal court and administrative center of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was the focal point of foreign trade, as well as the political, economic, and cultural heart of the Ryukyu Islands. According to records, the castle burned down several times, and rebuilt each time. During the reign of Shō Nei, samurai forces from the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma seized Shuri on 6 May 1609.


THE COLOSSEUM by 5422 Stormgears team

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, just east of the Roman Forum. It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir, Titus.

The Colosseum is built of travertine limestone, tuff (volcanic rock), and brick-faced concrete. at various points in the history of Colosseum having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles including animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Roman mythology, and briefly mock sea battles.

Although substantially ruined because of earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and was listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.