Visit to the Digital Research Hub

School of Architectural and Planning, the University of Auckland


The Digital Research Hub promotes inter-disciplinary research with digital, spatial and intelligent technologies with the aim to develop innovation in architectural and urban applications, fabrication methods and design strategies. DRH consists of 5 research laboratories with distinct are areas of investigation:

Urban Relational Informatics Lab: Social Media in Urban Design

The Lab is looking to improve community well-being by enhancing performance and communication of semi-public space in the evolving public realm.

Director: Assoc. Prof. Manfredo Manfredini

Designs Futures Lab: AI + Blockchain Technologies

Human activity is being constantly reshaped by new technologies and the data that flows through it. The Lab looks at how to create new products and services within such a world that are contextualized and Humane?

Director: Dr Dermot McMeel

Smart & Innovative Cities Lab: Big Data

The lab investigates urban planning and policy issues connected to Big Data

Director: Dr Mohsen Mohammadzadeh

arc/sec Lab-: Cyber-physical design

The arc/sec Lab is a research and development Laboratory for Cross Reality Architecture and Interactive Systems. It explores real-time Reactive Architecture through the fusion of digital information and physical constructions.

Director: Assoc. Prof. Uwe Rieger

Digital Urban Economics Lab: Political Economy of Digital Platform

The Digital Urban Economics Lab is a research Laboratory that maps, examines and analyses the impacts of the different spatial variables on the prices in the land and property markets.

Director: Dr Elham Bahmanteymouri

Project Credits

DRH co-ordinator : Yan Li

DRH technician: Zane Egginton