Spatial interactivity. Sensoriality and design of digital data in the space


  • Giorgio Dall’Osso University of San Marino
  • Martina D’Alessandro University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Valeria Melappioni University of Camerino (Italy)



interactive space, data, perception, human-machine interaction, ‘empty’ space


This paper explores the thesis according to which the relationship between urban space, digital data and the user is biunivocal in nature and plays a strategic role in defining a new trajectory of development of the way users inhabit and transform the city. As digital is now invisibly integrated into the activities we perform daily, networks are extending into the real space, demonstrating how technology does not eliminate the human need for physical presence. Architecture must grapple with a non-tectonic reality, and ask itself not how to use the digital to manage data apparatuses to generate dynamic architectural forms, but rather how to turn information into an engine for spaces that can dynamically respond to the needs of the inhabitants.


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Author Biographies

Giorgio Dall’Osso, University of San Marino

Designer and PhD, is a Researcher in Design at the Department of Economics, Science and Law. He carries out research in the field of product design and interaction, with a particular focus on the dialogue between the human body and space.

Martina D’Alessandro, University of Bologna (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is an Adjunct Professor in Architectural Composition at the Department of Architecture. In 2014, she founded her atelier Martina D’Alessandro Architettura. She carries out research and project activities on the theme of the form of living in relation to the shape of the city and the landscape.

Valeria Melappioni, University of Camerino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, authored a Doctoral Thesis entitled ‘Sense activating private and social spaces: perspectives and potential of the interaction-based space project’ at the SAAD. Her research focuses particularly on the relationship between spatial layout and user behaviour within the field of Human Building Interaction.


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How to Cite

Dall’Osso, G., D’Alessandro, M. and Melappioni, V. (2022) “Spatial interactivity. Sensoriality and design of digital data in the space”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 12(online), pp. 58–67. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1252022.

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