French Talks 2012: Urban Dialogues. Lecture 4 The Possibility of Form


From 1 December 2012


British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow), 5.11, 10 Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., building 3
French Talks 2012: Urban Dialogues. Lecture 4 The Possibility of FormFrench Talks 2012: Urban Dialogues. Lecture 4 The Possibility of Form


French Talks 2012: Urban Dialogues

Lecture 4

1 December, 19:00

Umberto Napolitano, LAN Architecture

The Possibility of Form

LAN Architecture Bureau is the youngest, but at the same time, the most ‘formal’ agency of the four participants in the series. Their constructions are characterized by their use of architectural restraint, verging on abstraction. Discover the reasons behind their self-imposed restrictions on their practice and how various functions find their place in their ‘brutal’ buildings. Idealized forms are not the ultimate aim for the architects. Rather, the solution is a complex formulation that takes into account social issues, functionality and the specifics of the urban situation. These different ideas will be explored in this talk by founder Umberto Napolitano. By understanding the firm’s creative processes, it is hoped that Russian audiences will feel less intimidated when facing their seemingly intimidating buildings.

Admission to all lectures is free.

Venue: British Higher School of Art and Design, ARTPLAY Design Center, 10, Bld. 3, N. Syromyatnicheskaya Street, 5th Floor (Room 5.11)


 French Talks is an annual series of public lectures given by representatives from leading institutions in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture in France. Organized by Garage, with the kind support of the Embassy of France in Russia and of the French Institute in Russia, French Talks aims to introduce Russian audiences to the achievements and the on-going development of cultural life, art and design in France.

MARCH (Moscow School of Architecture). MARCH is an independent school of architecture in Moscow, developed in partnership with the British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow) and London Metropolitan University (UK). MARCH’s master’s degree program was jointly established with the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design at the London Metropolitan University. The school’s Director is architect, educator and social activist Yevgeny Asse.