MAP laboratory’s profile was formed around the development and the implementation of ICT methods and tools at the disciplinary intersection between information sciences and engineering sciences, as applied to human sciences and in particular to architecture and heritage studies.
Gathering architects, engineers, historians, computer scientists and conservation scientists, this Joint Research Unit is under the authority of the National Centre for Scientific Research (UMR 3495) and the French Ministry of Culture. The laboratory gathers teams from CNRS and from national higher schools of architecture of Lyon, Nancy, Marseille and Paris La Villette.
Since 2015, the laboratory is associated with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (CICRP) through a joint laboratory agreement (LabCom MAP-CICRP).
The daily practice of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, together with the ability to combine critical distance and technical depth, allows MAP to be recognized as an interface laboratory between the formalization of multidisciplinary knowledge and the construction of innovative solutions for data management of heritage objects documentation as well as for architectural design and conception in the digital age.
The experimental research and development of the laboratory covers a wide range of activities, from data acquisition to valorization of research results but also information retrieval, information management, cross-referencing and information vizualisation. The MAP teams are involved throughout this operating chain in close collaboration with the actors involved in architecture and cultural heritage, between specifics facts, objects of study, collections on the one hand and methods, approaches and instrumentations on the other. This strategic orientation allows the laboratory to be scientifically nourished by a virtuous and mutually profitable circle that links actors in the field of cultural heritage and architecture who are invested in missions of documentation, conservation, enhancement, education and actors engaged in a research approach itself.