Laboratory of Urbanism

Who we are

Lab-U is EPFL’s Laboratory of Urbanism, founded and directed by Paola Viganò.

What we do

Lab-U explores the possibility of conceiving the city as a renewable resource, exploring the potential of a transformation that recycles the existing to the full. Its approach intimately relates design to theory, believing in the strong capacity of the design project to produce knowledge. The City-Territory, interpreted as a concrete potential for the construction of a sustainable and innovative urban dimension, is LAB-U’s federative research and teaching topic, around which different teaching units, research proposals and initiatives are gathered.