Urban Innovation Lab

Digital Innovation Lab (DDL)
The Digital Design Lab (DDL) promotes research on multidisciplinary in digitalization of architecture and urbanism. DDL approaches are grounded on the field of Computer-Aided Architectural Design with integration of art, technology, urbanism, sociology, tectonics.
We investigate the most advanced innovations in digital design related to parametric design, generative and algorithmic design, digital fabrication, and extended realities. The lab supports undergraduate Architecture and AEE students on developing advanced academic research.

Photogrammetry and BIM Lab
3D modelling is playing more important role in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, which is able to provide accurate and precise data and information of a building/construction. Recently, 3D modelling has been applied in historical objects and buildings known as digital heritage movement that is particularly promoted by governments worldwide. Such advanced 3D modelling is also applied through the most burning topics such as metaverse, digital twins, with the support of AR, VR technologies. Indeed, the collection and management of 3D information is not only able to protect the physical assets in a proper way, but also will expend the application to a larger industry of cultural exhibition, virtual-reality interaction and creative reuse of heritage.
To create accurate 3D model, photogrammetry and laser scanning are two widely used methods. Photogrammetry utilizes cameras/drones to take a large number of photos of a building. Then using certain algorithms to compute the depth, position, and 3D information from the photos. Laser scanning is another way widely used for creating 3D models, the laser scanner is able to spread laser from its own camera lens and receive the laser back. By calculating the time duration of each laser shot out and back, the depth and angle information can be acquired.