Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani "Il progetto urbano come mestiere". Public lecture


Academy of Architecture

Date: 22 September 2022 / 19:30 - 22:00

Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio

Public lectures 2022/23

A case for the urban
Lecture program curated by the Institute of Urban and Landscape Studies ISUP


Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani
Il progetto urbano come mestiere

Introduction by Jonathan Sergison, Director ISUP

Thursday, 22 September 2022 7:30 p.m.
Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio


Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, born in 1951 in Rome, studied architecture at La Sapienza in Rome and at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his PhD in 1977. He was editor-in-chief of Domus magazine and director of DAM, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. From 1994 to 2016, he held the Chair of Urban Design History at ETH Zurich. He is the author of numerous books on 20th century architecture and urbanism. 


A case for the urban
The series will be useful in outlining the context in which the architect will operate in the various political and cultural, national and European (and other) changing contexts. Indeed, the transformations of society are in a very strong interdependent relationship with the changes of the physical city and territories, their spatial organization, and the formal and the functional aspects of buildings and public infrastructure. Understanding how this relationship transfers into design approaches is doubtless one of the central topics of the discourse on architecture today.

In fact, as introduced by Prof. Jonathan Sergison, director of ISUP and curator of this series of public lectures: '...if our school can be understood as one that positions itself within a humanist tradition, it follows that the social function of architecture should be seen in relation to cities, urban forms of responsibility and societal consciousness...'

The lectures will see the participation of four leading architects, theorists and practitioners from Barcelona, Brussels, Paris and Zurich.

  • 27.10.2022 Pier Vittorio Aureli, The Opposite Shore
  • 10.11.2022 Eva Prats, Emotional Heritage
  • 24.11.2022 Anne Lacaton, A case of reuse


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