LabLitArch in IL Magazine


Writer Vincenzo Latronico took part in the latest LabLitArch session (organized with the Fondazione Ordine Architetti di Torino for the 2015 Turin Architecture festival), during which he produced, with the two other participants in his group, a model and a text based on the short story The Harvest by Amy Hempel.

He just published a great piece on his experience for the October 2015 issue of IL Magazine: “A stunning intellectual experiment,” he writes.

“Architecture can be used as a conceptual tool to analyze and understand a story, by designing and then literally building an architectural model. […] The profound relevance of the laboratory, which goes well beyond the narrow circles of writers and architects […] is that it deals with the way literature is comprehended and taught.”

The entire piece is here, some images from the LabLitArch Turin Architecture Festival workshop are here, and here is Vincenzo’s group’s project.


Upcoming LabLitArch workshop for architects

“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides, project by Anna Vincenzi

“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides, project by Anna Vincenzi

The Turin (Italy) architecture festival Architettura in città will be held from June 30 through July 4. The organizers, Fondazione dell’Ordine degli Architetti di Torino (FOAT), and LabLitArch have planned a three-day Laboratory of Literary Architecture workshop that will offered at the MagazziniOz in Turin. The results of the workshop will be presented to the public on July 4.

For more details (including cost and times):


Recent two-day LabLitArch workshop at EggersLab in Turin

A nice, two-day LabLitArch workshop held at EggersLab in Turin. See here, here, and here for some images and reports.


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.”