LabLitArch featured in the Paris Review Daily

“Cardboard, Glue, and Storytelling,” the Paris Review Daily introduces the Laboratory of Literary Architecture new website and new promotional video.


Upcoming workshops

The Laboratory of Literary Architecture will be at:

  • The Architecture Department of the University of Ferrara, Italy, with first-year architecture students (Spring 2015)
  • The International School of Genoa, Italy, with high-school students (Spring 2015)
  • The Theater Department of Southwestern University, Georgetown TX, with college students (Fall 2014)

LabLitArch feature in ArchitectureBoston magazine

“I have always marveled at the ability of great architects to envision construction in terms of pure space. Shapes, materials, and technology are all elements necessary to define emptiness — what we, the visitors, ultimately perceive.”

A feature on the Laboratory of Literary Architecture in the Summer 2014 (Volume 18 n2) issue of ArchitectureBoston, titled “Books”:


Archinect post on the Laboratory of Literary Architecture

“The writer and the architect aren’t so different from each other when you consider each one as builders of an environment, and what better way to introduce that concept than to a class of high school students.”

Another great post by Archinect on the collaboration between LabLitArch and teacher George Mayo of Montgomery Blair High School.


The first LabLitArch student blog

I just stumbled upon this, a great 2011 blog from the second edition of the LabLitArch course at the Scuola Holden. With works and posts by Chiara Zingariello, Ferdinando Morgana, Gabriele Di Fronzo, Letizia Lavarino, Giovanni Sanicola, Andrea Marchetti, Cecilia Ghidotti, Stephania Giacobone, Fabrizio Allione, and Giuseppe Franco. So nice!


Spring of 2016: LabLitArch and OuLiPo

In the spring of 2016, Matteo Pericoli, together with a selected team of LabLitArch TAs, will participate in an OuLiPo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle) experiment titled “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Manhattan & the Laboratory of Literary Architecture: 5 Poets/5 Neighborhoods/5 Designs.”


The Common

“Experience is the axis on which the Laboratory of Literary Architecture spins. The Laboratory for Literary Architecture pushes students to compose through their model a fictional architectural experience. Donald Bartheleme’s Concerning the Bodyguard is ‘translated into skyscrapers.’ Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a pavilion inside a ‘sunken ellipse’ with a ‘false wall.’ Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse is a house set on a steep cliff.”


The Observer

When we read a novel, a short story or a work of non-fiction, there is often a moment when we have the feeling that we have entered a structure built, knowingly or unknowingly, by the writer. I am not talking about the ability to picture in our minds the locations or architectural settings described in the text, but, rather, the sense of being immersed in a space designed by someone else.”




“Writing has long been intrinsic to the practice of architecture, from Vitruvius’s Ten Books on Architecture to the theoretical essays of Peter Eisenman. Writing helps architects explain ideas that are hard to glean from drawings alone, and allows for the setting out of non-project-specific agendas in manifestos or magazines, such as Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau. … rarely has architecture served the same function for writing as writing has served for architecture: to analyze and clarify.”