The Cloud Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
An experimental lab that explores the design of our environment through emerging technologies in computing, interface and device culture.
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Clouds have already been utilized to expand the knowledge frontiers of science, medicine, productivity and entertainment. Clouds work through scalability and vast participation. Clouds bring new understanding to old problems and allow us to pose new questions. Clouds are a new way of thinking. Our mission is to expand the knowledge frontier of architecture through the application of unique computing technologies to the environment.

We examine how big data, mass adoption and exponential growth are re-constructing the physical and infrastructural environment. We create and promote applications for design engineering. We promote new methods of interaction and expression within our environment.

The Cloud Lab was formed in 2010 by Mark Collins and Toru Hasegawa at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP).

Selected Projects

CB2 Robot
Hiroshi Ishiguro Interview
Interview with robotics designer Hiroshi Ishiguro. Ishiguro discusses his thoughts on the future of robotics, the environment and human experience.
Tiny Code Project
Tweeting small programs. What can you write in 144 characters?

Low Library 3D Scan
3D Scanning of Low Library, Columbia University
The Cloud Lab worked with the Robotics Group to create a 3D point scan of the Low Library rotunda, a historic structure located at the heart of Columbia University's NYC campus.
NYC Neural Cartography Project
This is your brain on architecture. The system uses EEG brain-scanning to understand the physical environment's affect on our brain.


News & Events

Join us for a public panel discussion on the future shock technology of Brain Computer Interface and how its reshaping our understanding of the city. Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ISSUE Project Room. In collaboration with the Van Alen Institute. Get tickets here.
Join us for a hands-on workshop with Brain Computer Interfaces and a walking tour of the Dumbo neighborhood of NYC.
Register for a spot on Sunday, April 27th 2014.
Tokyo #CodeDojo with Studio-X Tokyo March 7 2014

Resources and Support

NeuroSky Logo
The Cloud Lab offers resources and support to students working with NeuroSky and other BCI equipment. If you are a student at Columbia University and would like to work with this hardware, please email inquiry @
The Cloud Lab provides resources and support for students interested in iOS and Android application development. If you are a student or instructor at the GSAPP and wish to develop on the iPhone, please email inquiry @


The Cloud Lab is directed by Toru Hasegawa and Mark Collins
The lab resides at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation, Columbia University
400 Avery Hall 1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Please direct all inquiries to inquiries @
Copyright 2014