Digital Technologies Section

For a sustainable built environment, digital models are becoming equally or more important than physical buildings. Digital technologies (DT) are a cardinal precondition to accelerate our progress towards urgent sustainability targets and to answer the challenges of urbanisation. They are essential to support stakeholders in multi-disciplinary approaches guaranteeing continuity and consistency across the complexity of the built environment. Information models help capturing and understanding such complexity to support designers and engineers, managers and governments, owners, and users, among others.
The Digital Technologies Section focuses on computational methods, techniques, and tools to sense, monitor, understand, model, design and fabricate the built environment – seeking for integration (of data, information, knowledge) across phases. To enable the integration and tackle the full complexity, the Section joints GIS Technology and Design Informatics thereby linking the understanding and managing of the existing built environment and the design decision making at its various scales. 

The section is involved in a number of labs to support the research and education activities. These include: 

  • Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing in Architecture (LAMA)
  • Geo-Database Management Center (GDMC)
  • VR Lab