Umberto Napolitano – Form of Limit, Limit of Form
It is through the study of the notions of Limit and Form, methodical tools dear to the agency, that Umberto Napolitano will present LAN’s architectural and theoretical approach.
studied architecture at the Università Federico II in Naples and then at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. Founder of LAN (Local Architecture Network) with Benoit Jallon in 2002, he also conducts a theoretical work through research projects, exhibitions and conferences all around the world. Umberto was professor at the Columbia University GSAPP of New York (USA), at the AA (Architecture Association) School of Architecture in London (UK) and currently at the TU Vienna (A). He is a member of the French Academy of Architecture since 2016 and was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018.
LAN (Local Architecture Network) was created in 2002 with the idea of exploring architecture as a material at the intersection of several disciplines. This attitude, which has now become a methodology, allows the agency to explore new territories in search of a vision involving social, urban, ecological and functional issues.
The firm’s projects reflect this spirit of openness and cover a wide range of scales and programs: theatres (Maillon Theatre – Strasbourg), prisons (Minimum Security Prison – Nanterre), offices (Euravenir Tower – Lille) and housing (Neue Hamburger Terrassen – Hamburg).
Since 2019 two new projects have been launched in the LAN ecosystem: the Research Laboratory dedicated to Architecture and Reality (RAAR) and the Pianoterra gallery restaurant.