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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NYC Neural Cartography Project

This is your brain on architecture. Building information modeling + Brain-Computer Interface.
Brain Wave Data associated with BIM Geometry
Lincoln Center Campus, Hearst Plaza 2010. Brain-wave data associated with 3D geometry, interactive visualization.
How does architecture and the environment shape our own cognitive state? This project utlizes open source visualization software to record and project mental activity on the city itself. Utilizing smartphones and mobile EEG recording devices, this software generates 3-dimensional cognitive maps based on the sensing of brain waves, location and movement.

Recent high-profile architecture and urban projects in New York City are being documented and analyzed as part of this project. Results will be posted to the data page.

Architects have been thinking about space and perception for thousands of years. Advances in Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neurological monitoring now give us an opportunity to literally "see" these impressions, allowing designers to measure and anticipate cognitive value. Combining commercial grade EEG (brain wave) equipment and mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad, the GSAPP Clould Lab is investigating multiple roles for this new technology.
Research Areas and Projects:
  • Neurological City Maps
  • Architecture Neurological Index - collections of neurological readings relative to significant urbanism
  • Auto-video/audio flagging
  • Augmented reality display of neuro-activity
  • Pre-occupancy studies - neurological values represented in BIM models
News and Announcements
  • Posted a video to YouTube. 3D visualization of brain scan data, mapped to participating surfaces. 9/01/2010
  • Posted a video to YouTube. Example of brain scan data, visualized in Processing. 7/16/2010
Project Researchers Research sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
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The GSAPP Cloud Lab is a beta-tester of equipment provided by NeuroSky.
Brain Wave Data from NeuroSky Mindset
Brain Wave Data from NeuroSky Mindset

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
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