Valerio Palma

Digital tools and city form:
spatial units for the urban operating systems

Tutor: Francesca Frassoldati

Cities are rapidly changing and producing new kinds and an unprecedented quantity of information that can be stored and analyzed. Technology is conditioning the way we visualize, represent and design: the methods we build our knowledge on.
The study of the morphology of human settlements has a role in approaching technically advanced tools. The architecture of the city is understood as the means to identify physical, observable, tangible facts, in order to produce shared models of the urban space.


Valerio Palma is a DASP PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, where he is enrolled in the FULL Interdepartmental Centre. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Roma Tre (2016). He has been a research fellow at the ReLOAD Lab of the University of Padova (2016-2016), dealing with interoperable digital models for architectural cultural heritage. His work focuses on the use of quantitative models for the analysis of urban transformations.


2012-2016 / Master’s degree in Architettura – Progettazione Urbana, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
2008-2012 / Bachelor’s degree in Scienze dell’Architettura, Università degli Studi Roma Tre

2016-2017 / Research fellow — ReLOAD Research Lab, Università degli Studi di Padova
2015-2017 / Digital designer, freelance

Selected publications

Andrianaivo, Louis N., Roberto D’Autilia, Valerio Palma. “Architecture recognition by means of convolutional neural networks”. ISPRS – International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLII-2/W15 (2019): 77–84.

Palma, Valerio. “Towards Deep Learning for Architecture: A Monument Recognition Mobile App”. ISPRS – International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLII-2/W9 (2019): 551–56.

Palma, Valerio, Roberta Spallone, and Marco Vitali. “Augmented Turin Baroque Atria: AR Experiences for Enhancing Cultural Heritage”. ISPRS International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLII-2/W9 (2019).

Cecchini, Cristina, Maria Rosaria Cundari, Valerio Palma, and Federico Panarotto. “Data, Models and Visualization: Connected Tools to Enhance the Fruition of the Architectural Heritage in the City of Padova”. In Graphic Imprints, edited by Carlos L. Marcos, 633–46. Alicante: Springer International Publishing, 2019.