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MAP-Aria develops its activities in the field of digital environments for architecture and heritage. His work questions the changes, practices, and uses of information technologies in these mostly multidisciplinary fields. This research leads to the development and implementation of original models and tools.

MAP-Aria also participates in the training of architects at the National School of Architecture in Lyon.

Its actions and explorations are currently focused on the following areas:

  • Devices and methods for the acquisition, detection, analysis of the natural and built environment.
  • Conceptual tools and software for the description, study and enhancement of architectural heritage.
  • Generative decision support processes in architecture and urbanism.
  • Tools and methods for the process of designing and manufacturing buildings.

MAP-Aria has constituted a first-rate technical platform, a work tool that reinforces the laboratory’s potential for scientific questioning, its capacity for intervention, and its attractiveness as a welcoming structure.

Since January 2020, the task force has also been involved in follow-up operations to remove the remains of the extrados framework from the vaults of Notre Dame Cathedral. This monitoring is done by acquisition using a 3D laser scanner, as well as the use of Noxon‘s Portable Wirecam which allows hundreds of photographs to be automatically acquired along the ropes installed on the vaults. This device allows very fast recording, in 2D and 3D, of all the stages of the samples with a resolution level suitable for the recording of valuable information for the identification and classification of each element, as well as its spatial identification.