Laboratory of Environmental Communication & Audiovisual Documentation ISO 9001:2015
Escape Lab Τμήμα Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας


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.

2020-2023. Development of a state-of-the-art digital escape game infrastructure, with the aim to promote Greek cultural heritage, for Greek and English speakers.
2020-2022. Design and development of digital travel applications with entertaining and playful features.
2020-2022. The aim of the project is to create an integrated multimedia digital environment for the magazine “O Politis”, which influenced decisively the Greek intellectual, cultural and political life in the 20th century. 
2018-2021. The research project "Use of game engines in the design and implementation of Mount Olympus in a virtual reality environment"consists of a cross-thematic approach that connects Mount Olympus with digital design and explores the compositional and representational capabilities of new innovative tools during the conception and comprehension of a digital geo-landscape capable of providing tours, narratives and novel spatial experience. 
2018-2020. The Projectaims to combine aspects of contemporary architectural research into an experimentation on new processes of design; intents to associate digital architectural design with corporeal necessities-conditions, regarding them as psychosocial and psychosomatic patterns, either material, anatomical o biochemical, through lately neuroscience´s progresses.
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.