MantovaLab is an interdepartmental research laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano that operates in close relation with the objectives and aims of the Mantova Unesco Chair: study and project, linking different disciplines and technologies, for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of the architectural, territorial and ecological-environmental heritage.
Architectural design and urban-territorial planning aim at reuse, valorisation, economic and environmental sustainability, safety of goods and citizens, cultural information, pursuing the objective of making contemporary cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The MantovaLab is organized in research groups that, with their respective skills, contribute to the consolidation of relations with institutions and local realities in the context of numerous research projects, since the founding of the Polo di Mantova.
The laboratory uses scientific research, field research, analysis and project development tools to provide research, consultancy and training services in all areas of activity within the scope of its expertise, exploiting the interdisciplinary synergies in the departments in question (DABC, DASTU).
MantovaLab cooperates with organizations, companies and associations to facilitate joint participation in calls for EU and / or national funding.
Architecture and Urban Design Lab – The laboratory carries out studies and research on issues of architectural and urban design, developing research projects aimed at improving the environment and the building heritage, seen as active players in the practice of architectural design. The laboratory uses scientific research, field research, analysis and project development tools.
Heritage Survey Technology – The Geomatics section is oriented to the development and experimentation of modern methodologies for surveying, representing, cataloguing and data management of architectures and the environment. The research unit works in several application fields for the study of complex architectural or archaeological heritages, in support of the preservation and documentation activity, through the development of three-dimensional models for the cultural heritage (Heritage Building Information Modeling) implemented starting from spatial databases acquired with TLS or IBM (Image Based Modeling) techniques, or techniques based on the use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) sensors.
Land Repair Lab – The Environmental Planning section deals with issues related to urban and large area planning, with particular reference to the issues of assessing the suitability and sustainability of plan choices. The issues addressed by the research can be summarised as follows: the environmental and sustainability issue according to the ecological approach to land planning; the analytical cognitive approach as an interpretation of the distinctive characteristics of places and territorial differences; adoption of the territorial repair perspective as a pro-active approach to the development of the historic and cultural heritage and activation of local resources.
Scientific Director: Luigi Fregonese
Committee: Andrea Adami
- photogrammetric and photographic cameras complete with sensors for the acquisition of images in low light conditions;
- terrestrial laser scanners for architectural, archaeological and structural monitoring surveys;
- drones (UAV) for architectural and enviromental surveys, with certification to fly in critical areas;
- total station for the structural monitoring of Cultural Heritage;
- digital levels and other instruments of detailed topographical surveys;
- computerized graphic workstations for the processing of Terrestrial Laser Scanning data and the processing of spatial data;
- specific software for the processing of survey data and spatial data, visualization, navigation and management of laser scanner data and three-dimensional models with mapping of RGB information;
- instrumentation for printing and plotting maps and drawings;
- instrumentation and aids to support teaching and training activities and seminars.