LabLitArch in Routledge academic anthology

e Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and The CityIt’s finally here and it is so exciting to see the Laboratory of Literary Architecture in a major academic publication!

The Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and The City, edited by Jonathan Charley, features a chapter on the LabLitArch, which includes a narrative on the genesis of the laboratory, images, project samples, the Literary Architecture series, as well as a dialogue between professors Carola Hilfrich and Jonathan Charley about the pedagogical implications of the LabLitArch.



Quotes from the dialogue between Carola Hilfrich and Jonathan Charley:

One of the valuable features of the LabLitArch project is that it seems to suggest a ludic alternative to a super-rationalized modern education system.

It sets up a process of playful experimentation … that has all the edginess, marginality, contingency, and frustration as well as the serious stakes in liberating our thought from habitual constraints.

Seeing the process at work felt like being in loophole of knowledge production; a place where participants, thrown out of the respective boxes of their home disciplines, move into a hybrid, interactive, and reconfigurable field.

I think of Matteo’s Laboratory as a unique environment for exploring the potential of … moments where literature and architecture, words and buildings and spaces, readability and inhabitability intertwine with humans.

Asking us to put our hands on works of literature by architecturally removing their verbal skins, the LabLitArch makes us grasp their actual texture rather than their form or meaning, so as to shape it, collaboratively, as a habitable space.

LabLitArch is perhaps most transformative for our thinking and doing at mo- ments of counter-intuition, competing intuitions, mixed intuition, or intuitions that fail us; and that its emphasis on intuition, or gut feeling, includes loops through the whole body and its more intentional responses, as well as through the imagination and the en- vironment.

Matteo’s Laboratory is itself a theory of intuition and failure. Intriguingly, its teaching method in collaboratively haptic creativity advances from the outset a non-subjectivist approach; and it does produce end-results, in the form of the nal projects.


Video: LabLitArch @ Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

A great in-depth video of the 2017 edition of the Laboratory of Literary Architecture held at the Turin Contemporary Art Museum Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo:


Open Call – Laboratory of Literary Architecture @ DOX in Prague

Announcing an open-to-everyone edition of the Laboratory of Literary Architecture to be held in Prague this June at the amazing DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in collaboration with ARCHIP, the Architectural Institute in Prague.
If you are an avid reader and/or a writer, a writing student or literature scholar/student, an architect or an architecture student, or are just curious to try your hand at the LabLitArch’s approach to Literary Architecture, what better occasion than at this great museum in such an incredible city?
The workshop will be held in English and the dates are June 7 – 11. Details about the application process, costs, hours and contact information can be found here or by clicking on the invitation below. The application deadline is May 20.


New LabLitArch Video

A newly edited LabLitArch video.

Special thanks to Twin Pixel Video and Al-Johara Beydoun (words).


New LabLitArch workshop @ Liceo Altiero Spinelli (Turin)

Starting on February 2: the second LabLitArch edition at the Liceo Internazionale Altiero Spinelli (Turin) in collaboration with Fronte del Borgo.

We’ll be working on texts by Amy Hempel, Friedrich Christian Delius, Wen-Fu Tsai and Ernest Hemingway.


LabLitArch @ Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin)

La prossima edizione del laboratorio che si terrà dal 16 al 19 Novembre alla Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo di Torino sarà aperta a tutti — lettori, scrittori, architetti, curiosi del rapporto tra narrativa e spazio — e, come troverete sul sito della Fondazione:

“nell’ambito dei progetti di accessibilità culturale portati avanti dalla Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, l’attività è rivolta anche a persone con disabilità visiva. Sarà un’occasione per condividere la propria esperienza, personale o professionale, di rapporto con la lettura e con lo spazio.”

Inoltre, grazie alla collaborazione con la Fondazione per l’architettura di Torino, agli architetti che lo desiderino saranno riconosciuti 15 crediti formativi.

Vi invito quindi a guardare la pagina (qui) e di iscrivervi entro il 29 Ottobre — sarà un’opportunità per sperimentare come l’architettura possa essere usata per penetrare ed esplorare il funzionamento di un testo letterario.


From the LabLitArch edition in Taipei (Taiwan)

Some images from the LabLitArch workshop held at the Center for the Arts of National Taiwan University in Taipei. The students — with very diverse majors such as architecture, engineering, political science, social studies, philosophy and psychology — worked on texts by Amy Hempel (The Harvest), E.B. White (The Door), Ernest Hemingway (Hills Like White Elephants), and Wen-Fu Tsai (A New Dress).


LabLitArch workshop @ Liceo Altiero Spinelli (Turin)

The recently-ended LabLitArch workshop for 10th graders at the public high school Altiero Spinelli in Turin (Italy) was written up in the Turin-based, national newspaper La Stampa, here.
The fifteen-year-old students did great work, click here to look at some photos taken during the workshop:




Current and upcoming workshops

In January 2017, a LabLitArch workshop was held at the Turin International Public High School Altiero Spinelli, with the support of the Fronte del Borgo, and began a collaboration with the Muskogee Public School system (Oklahoma) and the University of Oklahoma (School of Architecture) to incorporate their English Language Arts program into an MIT Fab Lab.

In April 2017, LabLitArch will travel to Taipei (Taiwan) upon the invitation by the Center of the Arts, National Taiwan University, to hold a four-day workshop as part of the “Open Windows Open Arts”, a project designed to promote public art education for NTU.


From the LabLitArch edition in Dubai

Some images from the 5-day-long, October 2016 Dubai Design Week edition of the LabLitArch, held in collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation.