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Welcome to the Insight Lab

Building and using tools to "see"

The Insight Lab is the School of Architecture's Advanced Technology Research lab, with a specific focus on computation, visualization and simulation of the built environment.

Founded in 2009 under an Innovation Grant by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Lab sponsors and develops work across a range of design informatics and applied information, visualization, simulation, and big-data technologies. The lab serves as a resource for faculty and student research activity, and a hub for multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

We provide access and expertise to Digital and Computational Design Media, Visualization, Information Design, Design Analytics, Simulation and Performance Modeling, Prototyping and Fabrication, Digital Collaboration, and virtually any other form of applied information technology brought to bear on the disciplines of design and the built environment.

The Lab is a testing ground for the newest technologies and their most advanced and innovative applications.

Contact:   Eric Field,
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What's New In The Lab »

A Wall of Data

The Data Wall is Live! At this year's Datapalooza, the Data Science Institute in collaboration with the Insight Lab unveiled the new data wall - the ...

MADE Workshop

The Making and Designing Event. In November, the Insight Lab, Fabrication facilities, and School of Architecture Admissions partnered to host a Satur...

"Quick Start" tutorials - digital techniques you can use

What good is research and visualization technology if you don't know how to use it? In addition to hosting extensive simulation and visualization t...

SARC Research Themes »

Design + Health

Adaptive Infrastructures


Design + Community Engagement

Design Representation + Material Practices

Expanding Canons


Recent & Related Work »

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A Wall of Data

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Prototyping a Styling Social Network

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