About LamoLab

HISTORY & MISSION

LamoLab was established in 2020 in result of a five year research collaboration on the terraced vineyards in Lamole, Toscany. The collaboration commenced in 2015 with meetings between the initial partners and culminated in on site research in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2019 followed a joint agreement for a further period of 5 years of research with five annual AE Architecture and Environment Labs. In 2020 the formal framework for this collaboration was established as LamoLab. Efforts are now under way to secure funding to establish a permanent presence and venue in Lamole.

LamoLab focuses on the development of data-driven multi-domain and multi-scalar modelling and analysis of environments and landscapes that integrate traditional agriculture / horticulture with construction / architecture, as well as peri-urban and urban environments, especially those that require deeper integration of green infrastructure, ecosystems and urban agriculture. This is done with the aim to recover specific land knowledge, and to support related policy and management, as well as adaptation and design, and the transfer of productive landscape knowledge into urban environments.

The activities of LamoLab address three scales:

Local Scale: Lamole serves as a primary case study. Focus is placed on analyzing the performance of terraced vineyards with dry-stone walls, as well as adaptation strategies of farmers in reacting to climate change. This is done with the purpose to support and protect diffuse heritage and quality produce, as well as in finding potentials for urban agriculture and horticulture.

Regional & National Scale: LamoLab focuses on other case studies in the Tuscan region and across Italy. This is done with the purpose to support and protect diffuse heritage and quality produce, as well as in finding potentials for urban agriculture and horticulture.

International & Global Scale: LamoLab collaborates and offer consultancy on the subject matter globally.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The steering committee establishes the priorities and manages the development and operation of LamoLab.

LamoLab Steering Committee: Prof. Dr. Grazia Tucci, Dr. Erica Parisi, Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Dr. Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Paolo Socci.

LamoLab Coordinating Manager: Dr. Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel. Email: defnesungurogluhensel@lamolab.net

Paolo Socci is the proprietor of Fattoria di Lamole. He first studied mechanical engineering in Florence and Bologna. Since 1970 he works in Lamole. Staring in 2003 he has restored terraced vineyards with dry stone walls in Lamole.

PARTICIPANTS

2019-present: Fattoria di Lamole; Research Department for Digital Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology; GECO Geomatics for Environment and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Laboratory, DICEA – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence; Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Technical University Munich; OCEAN Architecture | Environment; Climateflux.

2015-18: Fattoria di Lamole; Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics & Advanced Computational Design Laboratory, Oslo School of Architecture and Design; GECO Geomatics for Environment and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Laboratory, DICEA – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence; GESAAF – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems – University of Florence; Italian Military Geographic Institute.

RESEARCH GROUPS

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Grazia Tucci (PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences) is an architect and Associate Professor of Topography and Cartography at the University of Florence where she teaches courses in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, and in Architecture. She is member of the CIPA-Heritage Documentation Executive Board and Member of the ICOMOS Italian National Committee; co-chair in the WG V/1 “Multi-level Education & Training – Curriculum Development and Methodology” of ISPRS; founder and Chair of the GEORES International Conference. She is head of the Geomatics for Environment and Conservation of Cultural Heritage – GECO Laboratory, whose activities are mainly focused on documentation, conservation and enhancement of Environment and Cultural Heritage with innovative technologies. She is also head of the Survey, Cultural Heritage, Monitoring, Analysis – SCHEMA Laboratory, which aims at developing new techniques for surveying and monitoring environment and infrastructures in order to support decision makers in risk management applications. She has been involved in several national and international research projects, where she participated in surveying activities of important monumental complexes such as: Fortezza da Basso, Baptistery of St. John and the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Torre del Mangia in Siena, Towers of San Gimignano, Multan Bazaar in Pakistan, the Cathedral of St Nicholas and church of Santo Domingo in La Rioja, Argentina, the Casa Martì Museum in Havana, Cuba, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. She participates in scientific committees and editorial boards of series and journals; she is reviewer for Italian and International Journals. Author of more than 200 academic publications. She has been involved in research activities in Lamole since 2015 and she is a member of the steering board.

Valentina Bonora graduated cum laude in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin (2000) and holds PhD in Drawing and Survey for the protection of building and land heritage (Polytechnic of Turin, 2005). She qualified for being associate professor, according to Italian regulation (ASN). From the a.y. 2005-06 to the a.y. 2007-08 she taught courses (Topography and Cartography, Drawing) as Temporary Professor at the Polytechnic of Turin. She is teaching Geomatics courses at University of Florence since 2015. Her research activities in the geomatic field have been supported by research grants. She has taken part in many important archaeological and architectural surveys in Italy and abroad. She took part in different operating units working for national and international research projects financed by MIUR and EU, focusing her activities in particular on studying and testing innovative solutions for metric documentation and monitoring of Cultural and Land Heritage. She has been involved in research activities in Lamole since 2016.

Francesco Mugnai is Assistant Professor of Geomatics at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Applied Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence. From the same department, he obtained a Ph.D. degree with a study on the Integration of laser scanning survey techniques and wireless sensor networks for the development of rapid alert systems. He spent a period of training at MIT in Boston. He also obtained the professional qualification of Geologist in 2007. During the post-doctorate period, he had the opportunity to gain experience in the field of hydrogeological risks and instability processes in several countries, such as Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Malta, China, Ireland, Mozambique, Canada, Kenya. From 2015 to 2019 he has worked as a researcher at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in the field of Crisis Management and Scientific Development as scientific coordinator of experimental activities on Geomatics’ subjects, in particular using Lidar and Interferometric RADAR technique for monitoring and survey and for the development of new research and risk awareness methodologies and techniques. He participated in several National and International programs and peer-reviewed projects founded by OCHA, EC, ONU, UNESCO. He attended and organized international conferences and workshops on Geomatics and Crisis Management. He is part of the scientific committee of the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center of the European Commission. He is author of 50+ articles in international scientific journals, scientific reports for policy, conference proceedings, book chapters. He is the first inventor of 4 international patents on robotics for inspections and orientation assessment of submerged surfaces. He teaches Remote Sensing, Topography, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems courses for MSc and Ph.D. students.

Andrea Masiero is Associate Professor of Geomatics at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence. He received his MSc Degree in Computer Engineering and his PhD degree in Automatic Control and Operational Research from the University of Padua. He held a post-doc position at the Interdepartmental Research Center of Geomatics of the University of Padua from 2012 to 2019. His research interests range from Geomatics, Mobile Mapping, Positioning and Navigation, Machine Learning to Computer Vision, Smart Camera Networks, modeling and control of Adaptive Optics systems. His research mainly focused on sensor integration and information fusion, positioning, photogrammetry, LiDAR data processing, visual and LiDAR odometry, statistical and mathematical modelling, machine and deep learning. He is committed in national and international scientific committees (secretary of ISPRS WG I/7 Mobile Mapping Technology 2016-2021, chair of IAG WG Vision Aided Positioning and Navigation 2020-2024) and research groups related to geomatics. He was visiting researcher at the Department of Geomatics of the University of Calgary (Canada), Mobile Multi-Sensor System (MMSS) Research Group, in 2018, and at the Digital Photogrammetry Research Group (DPRG) of the Purdue University (West Lafayette, US), in 2017. He has been in the scientific committee of several international scientific conferences, and co-organizer of the 12th International Conference on Mobile Mapping Technology 2021. He is author of 80+ articles in international scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is the recipient of the best poster award at the ISPRS TCII symposium in 2018, best paper award at the FIG working week 2019, and FIG article of the month in July and August 2019. He teaches Geomatics, Topography and Cartography, Photogrammetry, Least Squares Adjustment, Positioning and Navigation courses for MSc and PhD students.

Erica Isabella Parisi graduated cum laude in Applied Science for Cultural Heritage at the Sapienza University of Rome (2012) and holds a PhD in Science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (University of Florence, XXVIII cycle, 2015). Conservation Scientist for Cultural Heritage, her expert field has been mainly related to diagnostic investigations through chemical-analytic techniques from 2012 to 2017 at the CNR-ISMN of Rome and at the Department of Chemistry in Florence. In particular, she has experience in the micro-chemical and micro-structural analysis of metallic artifacts and in the development of film-forming polymeric cleaning systems for the removal of corrosion products. From 2017, she has been carrying out research activities at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence on digital surveys with multi-spectral sensors in the field of Cultural Heritage and Environment. In particular, she has experience in the use of UAVs with thermal and multispectral sensors for heritage and land monitoring. Her research is also focused on the application of innovative educational approaches for teaching Geomatics. Since 2017 she is postdoctoral researcher (ICAR/06) for the project PRIN2015 “GAMHer – Geomatics Data Acquisition and Management for Landscape and Built Heritage. She has been involved in research activities in Lamole since 2017 and she is a member of the steering board.

UNIVERSITY OF GENOA

Architecture and Design Department

Katia Perini is assistant professor at the Architecture and Design Department, Polytechnic School of the University of Genoa (Italy). She graduated with honors at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa in March 2008. In 2012 shedefended her PhD dissertation “The integration of vegetation in architecture. Innovative methods and tools”. She was guest researcher at the Delft University of Technology (CITG, Department of Materials & Environment). In 2013 Katia Perini was selected as a Fulbright grantee, under the Fulbright-Schuman Program, with a research project regarding the sustainability of urban areas with New York City as case study. The research was conducted at the Urban Design Lab of Columbia University (NY, USA). In 2016 she was a visiting scholar Technische Universität München (TUM) Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design financed by a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Personal award. In 2017 she obtained the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy). Her research interests include all the effects of vegetation (green infrastructure and green envelopes) in the field of environmental and economic sustainability in (of) urban areas and building/urban design.

VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Faculty of Architecture – Department of Digital Architecture and Planning

Michael U. Hensel (Dip. Ing. Grad Dip Des AA PhD)  is registered in the German Chamber of Architects since 1994. He is a co-founder of the international network practice OCEAN, and was partner in OCEAN NORTH and founding and acting chairperson of OCEAN Design Research Association. Currently he is Professor at Vienna University of Technology where he leads the research department for Digital Architecture and Planning. Previously he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Berlage Institute Amsterdam, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Technical University in Munich, Rice University in Houston and University of Technology Sydney. He was founding and acting director of the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics together with its innovation hub ACDL – Advanced Computational Design Laboratory in Oslo, innovation fellow at the University of Sydney and honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Technical University in Munich. He has been involved in Lamole research since 2015 and he is a member of the steering board.

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel (BA Hons AA Dip MSc EmTech PhD) is a trained architect and interior architect. Previously she worked at renowned practices, including Tabanlioğlu Architects in Istanbul and Buro Happold’s Generative Geometry Group in London. Her work and research focuses on integrative and adaptive architectural design aiming for novel and hybrid building types, especially in green construction with focus on urban ecosystem functions and urban food production. Furthermore, she focuses on design methodology, especially on design computing, data-driven design and innovative design decision support systems. Currently she is university lecturer at Vienna University of Technology. Previously she taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Technical University in Munich, and University of Technology Sydney. She has been involved in Lamole research since 2015 and she is a member of the steering board and coordinating manager of LamoLab.

Arnold Faller is a Senior Lecturer at the Research Unit for Digital Architecture and Planning at the Institute of Architectural Sciences at Vienna University of Technology. The focus of his work in teaching, research and collaborations is on architectural visualization, 3D modelling, animation, film and visual effects. He studied Architecture at Vienna University of Technology and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. In 2000 after his graduation, he started teaching classes at TU Wien within the evolving field of computer applications in architecture. Besides that, he was running a successful Archviz-studio for several years involved in international competition work for various architecture firms. Since 2010 he is a full time Senior Lecturer teaching students of architecture and spatial planning to approach an ever-increasing range of technical and creative possibilities that enables them to communicate with their audience more effectively, giving them the competitive edge.

Jakub Tyc is an architect, university assistant and doctoral candidate at the Department for Digital Architecture and Planning at Vienna University of Technology. Coming into academia from practice, he worked previously on diverse projects in Europe and Asia, many of which have been constructed. Jakub studied at the Technical University in Kraków and Technical University Delft. He completing internships at CoopHimmelb(l)au and L-A-V-A Berlin during his studies. After practicing at Ingenhoven architects for three years and completing his architect license in Germany, he moved to Vienna to join the team of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. In 2019 he joined the Department of Digital Architecture and Planning of Vienna University of Technology, teaching design studio with Professor Michael Hensel. He researches the relations between architecture and photogrammetry in the context of data-driven design, investigating data-driven processes to evaluate relations between buildings, their surroundings and the environment.

CLIMATEFLUX

Ata Chokhachian is an architect and university lecturer at the chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He holds a Research Associate position at the chair for Architecture Informatics and Architecture Research Incubator (ARI). Ata specializes in computational design processes, urban performance modelling and applied machine learning methods.  He is a doctoral candidate at TUM and is also leading a research project on development of a transient simulation tool for evaluation of urban microclimate and outdoor thermal comfort, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In 2019 he was a visiting research fellow at MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab. In January 2020 he co-founded Climateflux as a platform to address data integrated design solutions for healthy and livable cities.

Daniele Santucci is a practicing architect, building scientist, and former research associate at the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design at the Technical University of Munich. His research expertise is in environmental engineering and low carbon design employing energy modeling, performance-driven design workflows and environmental sensing in both urban and architectural scales. His principal research line is focusing on microclimate and outdoor comfort in urban space. In 2017 and 2018 Daniele he was visiting researcher at the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Besides his academic activity, he has worked on environmental aspects in many architectural design projects and studies. With Climateflux, the company he co-founded in 2020, he consults architecture firms, public institutions, and private companies on strategies and design solutions to increase outdoor comfort in urban space.

PRACTICE PARTNERS

OCEAN Architecture | Environment

Climateflux