lablog 2nd Prize in a Ideas Competition

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Redesigning Contemporary Dwelling


Massimo Bricocoli
Gennaro Postiglione
Stefania Sabatinelli
Nicola Sirugo

Coliving and cohabitation serve to increase density by reorganizing the layouts of existing buildings for more efficient spaces, and to include shared amenities for larger groups of inhabitants. The designer of this project, quoting STAR strategies + Architecture, states: “the real revolution in housing is indoors.” The proposal rearranges the interior layout of a typical london housing block, as the designer claims, to mirror the growing variety of job positions and of family arrangements. The ways in which people organize their urban lives to afford housing “is to be more closely investigated, as this brings along significant changes in terms of housing cultures, patterns of solidarity/community, and socio-spatial organization.” The design offers a selection of flexible interior organizational components – including the bathroom core, the equipped wall fitted with shelving and insulation, and movable partitions. The layout accounts for a mixture of user profiles, from the single adult student, to the elderly couple, to the divorced parent with child. The jury wonders, in what other building typologies can this project be applied?

*The work is a result of and ongoing design studio-based research (at Politecnico di Milano) over the last three years; colleagues involved: Massimo Bricocoli (Urban and Housing Policy), Giovanni Hänninen (Ethno-photography); Rodrigo Pemjean (Architectural Representation); Gennaro Postiglione (Architecture of Interiors) and Stefania Sabatinelli (Urban Sociology).

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ReCoDe! 2018 – Final Report

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

After a very intense semester, we are pleased to deliver the different Report booklets produced during the ReCoDe! 2018 Thematic Studio by an heroic group of students.

Just a quick program brief.
New forms of dwelling and of contemporary living have been envisioned starting from field work that brought up a collection of up to 50 different Social profiles (and their related needs, behaviours, etc.): 6 existing housing buildings in the city of Milano have been selected as case study, Re-shaped for hosting new possible inhabitants nucleus.

Here are the links for all work documents:
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Thematic Design Studio “ReCoDe!” takes off

Sunday, March 12th, 2017


TraSH Studio: Report 2016/17

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Nelle pagine che seguono sono presentati gli esiti del laboratorio didattico in cui studenti di Architettura e di Urbanistica hanno lavorato congiuntamente sul tema dell’abitare temporaneo a Milano nel corso dell’anno accademico 2016/2017. Si tratta di un’esperienza curricolare inedita che ha visto la costituzione di gruppi misti di studenti del Laboratorio di Architecture of Interiors (Laurea Magistrale in Architecture) e di Housing and Neighbourhoods (Laurea Magistrale in Urban Planning and Policy Design).

Scarica la bozza del Report Finale

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First lecture of 2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The Continuum Interior

Colloqui di Architettura
PhD course in Architecture Interiors and History

Wednesday 14 01 2015
h 3:00 PM
Aula Rogers
Scuola di Architettura e Società

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DAE- SOURCE #07: Bini & Postiglione

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Design Academy Eindhoven – Source Lectures 2014

12 NOV 2014
DAE Auditorium
Emmasingel 14
5611 AZ Eindhoven

13.30h Lorenzo BiniContext is where I source content
15.00h Gennaro PostiglioneFrom the very small interior to the continuum interior


Modernity, Interior Architecture and the Home

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

lablog is at KU Leuven for an intensive course on “interiors”: details about the initiative can be found at Athens courses while for details about the course download the programme.

Lectures presented: Architecture vs Furniture; On Architects’ own houses


lablog on show in Napoli

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Existenzmaximum: il necessario

27.06 I 21.07 2013
Castel dell’Ovo

Lab-int/2013: programme

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Laboratorio di progettazione degli Interni 1

Spring Semester 2013 at POLIMI
Prof Gennaro Postiglione, arch. Francesco Dolce, arch. Enrico Scaramellini


Utopia reloaded

A+P Smithsons’ Robin Hood Gardens © Alison and Peter Smithson

Oggeto del lavoro di quest’anno sarà il complesso residenziale dei Robin Hood Gardens (1966-1972) di Alison and Peter Smithson che l’amministrazione comunale di Londra ha deciso nel 2009 di demolire per la cattiva condizione statica, igienica e sociale del complesso.
Il laboratorio, dopo una fase ricognitiva sui dati materiali e culturali legati all’immobile, affronta l’ipotesi di un progetto di recupero e riqualificazione per uno dei capolavori del brutalismo britannico.

Durante il laboratorio è stato programmato un ciclo di conferenze sul lavoro di APS a cura degli arch. Michela Bassanelli ed Enrico Forestieri.

Prima Lezione
incontro con David Heathcote
martedì 12 marzo
ore 14:30
The Barbican Centre

Download il calendario del laboratorio.

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Call for workshop

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Interior design Workshop

‘400 years of Canal houses in Amsterdam’

8-14 April 2012

download the Call

For POLIMI students deadline is Monday 26 November (h. 24:00).

Send a 400 words motivation (with contacts detail) + an illustrated portfolio all together in A3 PDF format of max 10MB [larger files will be not taken in consideration] to: gennaro.postiglione(at)

Required experience in video/editing with Final Cut Pro (compulsory).

Max 2 POLIMI students will be selected and 2 ECTS: all other details of the WS are in the Call poster.



Lab-int/2013: news

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Aedas unveiled first images of their Robin Hood Gardens ‘Regeneration’… and they look very far from being convincing. On bdonline more images and an article explaining that:

The new homes will be used to ‘decant’ residents from the existing Robin Hood Gardens, which is due to be demolished in a future phase of the project…

Lab-int/2013 should keep an eye on this…

CM-int/2012 takes off

Friday, October 5th, 2012

IA-Interior Architecture course 2012-13
Prof Gennaro Postiglione together with arch Maddalena Scarzella



architecture from concept to built form


Monday 8th October 2012 – h. 9:15 aula C
Facoltà di Architettura e Società
Politecnico di Milano

Main goal is to describe the design process, the architectural solutions and the detailing choices of a built work in a chronological order. The sequence of selected iconography for each step will be arranged into specific categories (typology, materials, elements, etc.), according standard architecture manuals, and explained through captions (140 characters in order to be able to become twitter posts). An introduction presenting the work ‘facts’, a short description of 1000 words and an essay selected among what already published, will constitute the main textual sections.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012


Ma(se)-Riabitiamo by  Laura Di Donfrancesco e Martina Guandalini (POLIMI, June 2012)
Ma-(s)se-riabitiamo è il risultato di una ricerca volta ad indagare il patrimonio edilizio rappresentato dalle masserie all’interno del territorio leccese. Il progetto parte dal presupposto di trovare una soluzione al problema diffuso dell’abbandono di questi manufatti, che a sua volta genera numerose conseguenze dannose all’ambiente, all’agricoltura e alle comunità contadine che abitano questi territori. La masseria, da sempre, rappresenta un esempio di architettura agricola che instaura un rapporto biunivoco ed indissolubile con il territorio circostante.
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CI-Adaptive Reuse-2012 | START

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

CI-Adaptive Reuse
Opening lecture
14 March 2012
h 10:15
classroom B4.1

Download Gennaro Postiglione presentation here [8MB].

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Adaptive Re-use/Diploma course

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

“ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences/School of Architecture”

This year the Course for Diploma ‘Adaptive re-use’ (Facoltà di Architettura e Società/Politecnico di Milano) will focus its interests on specific topics connected with the on-going research project MeLa (European Museums in an Age of Migrations) investigating the new role Museums and Exhibitions could/should play in a multy-cultural society where questions such as Identity and Citizenship are strongly impacted by phenomena like the Europanization of Europe and the massive presence of permanent migrants in what we consider to be ‘our’ Europe or ‘our’ Nation or ‘our’ City or even ‘our’ territory. Here you can download a brief project presentation.

Another object of interest is the European XX Century Conflict Heritage – tangible and intangible legacies wars left behind – with a special focus on the Atlantic Wall and WWII period. Here you can download a brief presentation about how we think to approach this difficult theme.

Students at POLIMI (Italian or Foreigners) interested in developing their Diploma in such a field, could take contact with me (Gennaro Postiglione) using contact blog-mail in the ‘about page’.