Casagrande Laboratory (C-LAB) is a Finland based multidisciplinary research & design company operating independently on the field of built human environment. The scale of works ranges from local knowledge based ecological urban design to bio-climatic architecture and to environmental art.
C-LAB realizes university level courses in multidisciplinary urban design, architecture and environmental art.
C-LAB cross-over architectural work encompasses the realms of architecture, urban and environmental planning, environmental art, and other artistic disciplines. Cities become complex energy organisms in which different overlapping layers of energy flows are determining the actions of the citizens, as well as the development of the city. By mixing environmentalism and urban design, C-LAB develops methods of punctual manipulation of the urban energy flows in order to create an ecologically sustainable urban development towards the so-called “Third Generation City”. This organic machine is kept alive through continuous and spontaneous ruining processes performed by its citizens: the “anarchist gardeners” (cit. M. Casagrande) by means of urban farming, illegal architecture, and urban acupuncture. The element of “ruin” is viewed as something man-made having become part of nature.
We are inspired by nature and human nature.
C-Lab is one of the world leading organization working on theories and practices of what has been defined the “Third Generation City” and the “Urban Acupuncture”: a methodology which uses the flows of information and communication in the city to identify "pressure points" which enable to achieve large results through localized interventions.
Marco Casagrande, founder of C-LAB, is the major social theorist and architect recognized worldwide for his contribution to the conceptualization of Urban Acupuncture and the Third Generation City.