Digital Tools and Urban Form

Spatial units for the urban operating systems





#Architecture #DigitalTechnologies&DataScience


PhD research


The research focuses on the relationship between urban form and digital tools for the analysis and transformation of the city. Digital models of urban space are used to connect many layers of information, characterized by different disciplinary scopes, representation scales, and acquisition and processing methods. The thesis investigates the abstractions of physical space that make these city models measurable and suitable for sharing data. The work develops and verifies the hypotheses emerging at the intersection of three main themes: (1) spatial models of cities as “operating systems”; (2) digital tools and the role of abstraction in models; (3) city form as a tool for interpretation.


  • Palma V. (2020, non pubblicato), “Riprogrammare la città digitale”, in Poli (ed.), [titolo da definire]. Anteferma.

  • Palma, V. (2020). “AI: Architectural Intelligence. Deep learning and heritage enviroments”. In M. Lo Turco M., Giovannini E.C., Mafrici N. (eds.), Digital & Documentation: Digital Strategies for Cultural Heritage (Vol. 2), pp. 109–119. Pavia University Press. ISBN 978-88-6952-123-2.

  • Andrianaivo L.N., D’Autilia R., Palma V. (2019). “Architecture recognition by means of convolutional neural networks”. ISPRS – International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-2-W15, pp. 77–84.

  • Scamuzzi I., Moretti S., Spallone R., Lo Turco M., Palma V. (2019). “Augmented Don Quixote: Performance teatrali e nuovi media digitali / Augmented Don Quixote: Theatrical performances and new digital media”. In Belardi P. (ed.), Proceedings of the 41th International Conference of Teachers of the disciplines of the Representation.

  • REFLECTIONS. The Art of Drawing. The Drawing of Art, 1, pp. 1367–1374. Gangemi. ISBN 978-88-492-3762-7.

    Palma V. (2019a). “Algoritmo”. Philosophy Kitchen – Rivista di filosofia contemporanea, Extra #3, pp. 221–223.

    Palma V. (2019b). “Architecture potentielle. Algoritmi, replicazioni e città”. Officina 24 (gen-mar), pp. 62–63. ISSN 2532-1218.

  • Palma V. (2019c). “Tra spazio reale e realtà virtuale”. In L. Siviero (ed.), Progetto e Data Mining, pp. 88–99. LetteraVentidue. ISBN 978-88-6242-390-8.

    Palma V. (2019d). “Towards deep learning for architecture: A monument recognition mobile app”. ISPRS – International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-2/W9, pp. 551–556.

  • Palma V., Spallone R., Vitali M. (2019a). “Digital Interactive Baroque Atria in Turin: A Project Aimed to Sharing and Enhancing Cultural Heritage”. In Luigini A. (ed.), Proceedings of the 1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Environments for Education, Arts and Heritage. EARTH 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 919, pp. 314–325. Springer.

  • Palma V., Spallone R., Vitali M. (2019b). “Augmented Turin baroque atria: AR experiences for enhancing cultural heritage”. ISPRS – International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-2/W9, pp. 557–564.

  • Cecchini C., Cundari M.R., Palma V., Panarotto F. (2019). “Data, Models and Visualization: Connected Tools to Enhance the Fruition of the Architectural Heritage in the City of Padova”. In C. L. Marcos (Ed.), Graphic Imprints, pp. 633–646. Springer International Publishing.

  • Accorsi F., Palma V., Tosco T.A.E., Cutrì S., Robiglio M. (2019). “AdRem – Adaptive Remediation Toolkit”. In proceedings of SiCon 2019. Workshop su: Siti Contaminati. Esperienze negli interventi di risanamento, Brescia, 12-14 Febbraio 2019, pp. 739–750. ISBN 88-7850-022-4.

  • Palma V., Lo Turco M., Spallone R., Vitali M. (2018). “Augmented Iconography. AR applications to the fortified Turin in the Theatrum Sabaudiae”. In proceedings of Defensive Architecture of the Mediterranean, IX, pp. 1053–1060. ISBN 978-88-85745-10-0.