Laboratory of Environmental Communication & Audiovisual Documentation
L.E.C.A.D.
Department of Architecture
School of Engineering
University of Thessaly
Pedion Areos, 38334, Volos

e-mail: lecad@arch.uth.gr
contact phone: 24210 74261
Τμήμα Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας

RESEARCH ACTIVITY ORIENTATIONS

The two basic orientations of Lecad’s research activities are:

A. On one hand, the development of theoretical approaches as well as technological tools towards a creative transformation and reframing of the urban and environmental multimodal experiences and on the other hand the investigation of both material and digital space as well as of augmented reality. Through the osmosis of traditional and modern technologies of representation, a new regime of visual consciousness and perception of reality is installed. The contemporary city dweller acquires a hybrid spatial experience while simultaneously moving in the physical and digital space.

B. The theoretical and applied study, documentation and creative reframing of physical, urban and digital environment. This approach is inscribed in the contemporary shift of the architectural thought towards a global sensuous experience in situ of the urban environment, as a whole of social interactions, representations, modes of action, behaviors and interpretative frameworks.

These two basic orientations of Lecad’s research activity are supported and supply in their turn two fields of applications:

  • The Documentation field with the constitution, organization and post-processing of audiovisual data bases
  • The Education field with the development of innovative uses of information and communication technology in education

APPLICATION FIELDS

Documentation

The field of Documentation includes the recording and organization of the multimodal elements and the environmental experiences in data bases, aiming at their post-processing. In this application field there is a wide range of research areas that Lecad materializes, focusing on:

  • Volos urban soundscape database
  • Development of a 3d digital model of the Palia district of Volos that will serve as the background for the reception of different databases as well as a tool of communication with the citizens of Volos
  • Creation of an audiovisual archival material database of the post-war architecture and city in Greece with the objective of developing a codification of descriptive metadata concerning spatial, stylistic and narrative characteristics. In the future, these data could be used by locative media networks.

Towards the study of the city of Volos, Lecad collaborates systematically with the Municipality of Volos in a range of subjects of study of the urban environment and more systematically in the design of the future museum of the city. The two institutions already collaborate in the Thales research program, co-financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Education (ESPA) and the European Union (ESF).

Finally, Lecad systematically keeps records of the educational process, activities and events of the Department of Architecture, creating, creating corresponding databases. The databases material is the subject of post-processing and feeds back the field of education.

Education

The field of Information and Communication technologies application in education covers three sectors:

  1. The Department of Architecture curriculum, both undergraduate and post-graduate
  2. The Intra-University Postgraduate courses of studies (Master) of “Information and Communication Technologies for Education” co-organized by the Department of Architecture with the partnership of theFaculty of Early Childhood Educationof University of Athens, theFaculty of Communication and Mass Media Studiesof University of Athens and the collaboration of theDepartment of Electronics Engineering, TEI Piraeus.
  3. Collaboration in educational applications with laboratories and departments of the University of Thessaly.
  4. Development of collaboration networks in Greece and abroad.

In the field of education is included the preparation of undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral research studies in areas related to Lecad’s research orientations, aiming to the direct relation between research and education process.

Furthermore, a series of educational collective applications are being developed focusing on exploring ways of capturing the experience of the city, based on a socio-cultural approach and the creative action tradition.

The emphasis on both creativity and practice results from the acceptance of the position that experience represents a special unique quality of reality.

These applications take place within the curriculum of the Department of Architecture, in collaboration with other UTH departments or with other university departments and research centers.

2011-2015. The research project DeMuCiV, part of Thales program, deals with the historical and anthropological study of the urban phenomenon in Volos, the creation of data bases with the later and modern history of the city and its inhabitants, and the production of interactive applications aiming at widely propagating the research findings through the creation of a museum of the city of Volos.
2011-2012. This pilot application is a multifaceted project of documentation and propagation - through the Internet - of a great number of audiovisual projects of the 1950-2010 period.
2010-2011. The original recording of the soundscape in the area of Palia of the city of Volos, within the framework of this pilot application, includes the recording of general sonic atmospheres, which describe the city during a specific time zone of the day. More specifically, the sonic atmospheres at every street intersection in the area of Palia were recorded. In all, 88 sound files of an approximate five(5)-minute duration, as well as the corresponding one-minute videos were made. The sound files and the videos are organized in a database and can be found on the Internet.
2010-2011. This research aim to develop an “architectural acoustic typology”, of a report index that will bring together existing exemplary acoustic conditions that provide excellent acoustic comfort or acoustic qualities. This acoustic conditions catalog has been perceived as a design guide and can become a tool of awareness and analysis for designers.
1999-2008. For a decade (1999-2009), LECAD, under the guidance of Pantelis Lazaridis, mainly dealt with the creation of an Archive of Urban Life Snapshots that have appeared on the Internet and the Press. The recording and digital processing of these snapshots constitute a mechanism of research and digitization of the virtual world as seen through the big media channels. The archive includes images from society, the environment, current politics and war news etc.
2005-2006. Participation in the project “Remembering: Memories from my city” for the citizens’ information and awareness of the new Museum of the city of Volos. The project is an example involving artists in mediating between the target groups concerned and the museum towards the creation of a kind of a street museum in progress.
2002-2006. The Planning Inclusion of Clients through e-Training -PICT- project was a three-year pilot project inspired by the on-going debate about the relationship of people with their cities launched by the initial Charter of Athens (1934) and re-defined by the New Charter of Athens adopted by ECTP (2003). It responded to the viewpoint that the involvement of communities in public decisions builds social capital and strengthens the civil society.
2002-2004. Systematic documentation of cultural and economic elements of an enclosed society, such as the society of Island Karpathos, focusing on Olympus village. Characteristic persons and characteristic events of everyday and social life of the island were recorded.
2001-2002. Systematic documentation of cultural and economic elements of an enclosed society, such as the society of Island Karpathos, focusing on Olympus village. Characteristic persons and characteristic events of everyday and social life of the island were recorded.