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Lu_Lab: Littoral Urbanism Lab

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The LU_Lab operates as a knowledge gathering center and project-based design group focused on the evolving dialogue binding urbanism and environment. The work of the LU_Lab acknowledges the responsibility of architecture as the curator of the constructed world to create a reciprocal relationship between the built and natural environments. Lines of inquiry will be explored through two means of investigation: interrogation and provocation.

The environmental circumstance within littoral settings will be interrogated as a means to reveal concealed and often masked embedded logic. Methods of research will employ a multi-scalar approach in order to translate the specific dialogue of place: from the molecular, material, assembly, site, through territory.

Provocation is a means to insight public awareness to an evolving and dynamic environmental circumstance engulfing littoral urbanism. The LU_Lab as a provocateur will initiate change in the design process with the intention to reshape the construction of our built environment. 

Existing and future strategic partnerships focus on innovations within manufacturing + industry, public and private policy making, and educational institutions. LU_Lab projects are set up to engage collaborative and diverse teams that explore future design scenarios embedded in cultural, economic, social, and ecological urbanisms. Through these partnerships, an expanded architectural agency fosters new techniques of built solutions for dynamic wet | dry environments.

The LU_Lab operates under four principles in which their definitions are in a constant state of evolution.

  • Recover Ecological Authority
  • Engage System Thinking
  • Accept Dynamic Environments
  • Synthesize Architecture + Environmental Circumstance


Christopher Meyer AIA
Assistant Professor of Architecture U-SoA
Director of the Littoral Urbanism Lab
The principal of Atelier Mey architecture practice

Principal Researcher:  
Shawna Meyer AIA
Lecturer at U-SoA School of Architecture
The principal of Atelier Mey architecture practice

Research Assistants:
Megan Barrett
Shane Jezowski
Madison Seip
Reid Yenor

Research Assistance Alumni:
Mariangeles Lacayo
Jazzmin Reid
Peyton Smyth
Fuhong Wang
Chenkai Zhao

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