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Alternative Reconstructions

The real-time simulation technology used at the Ethan and Marla Davidson Center provides users the opportunity to interactively explore and evaluate different reconstruction ideas. This feature was used in the Herodian Temple Mount model to show two possible reconstructions for the Triple Gate.

The extant remains suggest three identical arched openings along the southern wall. This construction, however, post-dates the destruction of the Herodian Temple Mount and the actual configuration of the Herodian Triple Gate is unknown. Two possibilities were constructed for the real-time simulation model. In the Center, users can toggle between the two options through a mechanism known as a switch. Two completely independent Triple Gate files had to be created for the switch, each with the geometry for a reconstruction option. Both reconstruction models are linked into the model's nested file system, or hierarchy. The default option is immediately visible when the model loads; the second option loads, but must be 'switched' into place by the user to be seen. There is no limit to the number of reconstruction options that could be explored in this manner.

The flexibility of this switch mechanism suggests some tantalizing possibilities. Models could be built representing key periods in the history of the Temple Mount and then dynamically switched to show Center visitors how the site has evolved over time. Or the various historic and modern reconstruction plans for the Second Temple could be modeled and explored within the context of the platform structures.

The default reconstruction option of the Triple Gate features a monumental center gate flanked by two smaller gates. The center gate is a copy of the Double Gate openings, complete with relieving arch. The geometry of the center gate was copied and scaled down to create the two flanking gates. The switch option shows the Triple Gate with three identical openings.

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