The production of maps and other content to support the research tasks at ISR (and beyond) is the first core area of the laboratory. Geo-data processing, the linking of different data (e.g. social, economic, legal, historical, design...) with spatial information (localization in space and time) as well as the presentation and distribution of spatial and other information are becoming increasingly important in research as well as in practice.
In order to master the various forms of organization, presentation and diffusion of content, a wide variety of tools and methods of data visualization (text & language, graphics, CAD, GIS, 3D, etc.) are used to present information in such a way that it becomes understandable and comprehensible and analytical arguments and planning ideas are passed on. The K-Lab also offers the latest technical tools for use in research or teaching contexts (e.g. GPS devices, mapping tools).
In the future, LABOR K aims to become a laboratory for contemporary visual representation of spatial information, which works with data of all kinds in order to effectively present, communicate and disseminate information from research and teaching and thus ultimately inform about analysis and design processes in relation to the built environment (city & region).
We advise users from the faculty in the areas of geodata, geoinformation systems (GIS) and mapping techniques, provide short introductions in these areas on request and take on conceptual and implementation assignments with GIS methods in teaching and research. On request, we provide cartographic support for dissertations, theses and student projects.
In our map archive, analog and digital geodata are kept available for users from the TU Berlin and, if necessary, compiled for specific projects. The focus is on the practice-oriented structured digital map collection for Berlin, such as the provision of a Berlin geodata set for GIS and CAD applications and general advice on the use of digital geodata, especially for students of planning courses (see also our user training courses).
The once extensive map collection of the dissolved Institute of Geography has been reduced to a pure map archive of around 35,000 maps, mainly from Berlin, Brandenburg and Germany, following two relocations. Most of the maps date from the 1960s and 1970s, new acquisitions have only been made in part for Berlin and Brandenburg since the 2000s. The most important historical holdings for the planning courses have been scanned and are available for download via the TUB Cloud for members of TU Berlin (registration required).