Conference Paper

Instant archaeologies: digital lenses to probe and to perforate the urban fabric.

DOI: 10.1145/1180639.1180707 Conference: Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, October 23-27, 2006
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