LUPT Center – University of Naples Federico II – Aula Raffaele D’Ambrosio, Via Toledo 402

The MANN with the Port System Authority of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea has signed the agreement for the project with the CNR IRISS, RETE Association for collaboration between Ports and Cities, the LUPT Interdepartmental Center of the Federico II University and the Terminal Napoli. The sea and the water, the blue gold of Naples”. The project aims to promote both the role of the Mediterranean Sea in history and some of the places in the “OBVIA-ExtraMANN” network which today make water or the sea a unifying theme with an installation at the Maritime Station that represents the sites of water and draw a cultural tourist itinerary.

The research “The Constellation of wells” curated by the LUPT Interdepartmental Center, LAN Laboratorio Architettura Nomade, CoolCity, MANN, is part of this path.

The aim of the research is to support the study of the wells of Naples with periodic visits or educational tools that also take into account the historical-artistic aspect, the cultural and anthropological value of the well.

The well is, in fact, a metaphor of life which represents in every civilization a connection with the underground dimension and at the same time a direct channel with the water element, fundamental and necessary for the subsistence of humanity.




Lido Fortuna Bagnoli, via Pozzuoli s.c. Napoli

A book written over three centuries ago offers Naples and its people an opportunity for the present and the future. A group of Neapolitans wants to seize that opportunity and show everyone its enormous importance. It is about life in the form of thermal, mineral and low-mineral waters, buried by time in the belly of Naples and forgotten or hidden by human negligence.

Thermologia Aragonia, written in Latin by Sebastiano Bartoli, published in 1679, was translated thanks to the intense and passionate work of prof. Walter Iorio.

Speakers: prof. Antonietta Iacono (historian); prof. Walter Iorio (humanist); Dr. Roberto Germano (physicist); Mr. Osvaldo Balestrieri (culturist)

Moderator: prof. Gennaro Mantile



As part of May of the monuments, on 8 May 2024 at 11am, the inauguration of 16 exhibition panels representing cultural sites linked to the theme of water including the Musa Reggia di Portici and the Centro museums of natural and physical sciences Federico II, as well as sites included in the Fridericiano OBVIA -ExtraMANN university project.

The research “The Constellation of wells” curated by the interdepartmental center LUPT, LAN Laboratorio Architettura Nomad, CoolCity, MANN fits into this context. The aim of the research is to support the study of the wells of Naples with periodic visits or educational tools that also take into account the historical-artistic aspect, the cultural and anthropological value of the well. The well is a metaphor of life which represents in every civilization a connection with the underground dimension and, at the same time, a direct channel with the water element, fundamental and necessary for the subsistence of humanity.

Maggio 2024

Every weekend in May and the 1st weekend in June

Departure: Saturday at 11.00 and 12.00; Sunday 11.00am

Departure Piazza Trieste e Trento – Gardens of the Royal Palace – Santa Lucia and the Pallonetto – via Marino Turchi – the source of the ferrous water of the Chiatamone

The place representative of the water wealth of the Gulf of Naples is where Partenope was built.

The walk follows a short stretch of the Neapolitan coast, characterized by numerous water sources with organoleptic peculiarities appreciated over the centuries, among architectures and monuments created to take advantage of the water resource, to enhance and magnify it.

Until just over a century ago, the village of Santa Lucia was home to five springs, all managed by the municipality. With the sea filling, the subdivision and the construction of hotels and residential buildings, all the springs were inexorably closed and forgotten over time.

The route is built to describe the history of these waters appreciated for millennia for their particular qualities.



Installation of the Hydrosophia scientific committee

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Pietrasanta, Piazzetta Pietrasanta, 17-18, Naples

In conjunction with World Water Day, a fitting call from Dr. Antonio Pariante, President of the Promoting Committee of the Hydrosophia Project, met to proceed with the formal establishment of the Technical-Scientific Committee:

Dr. Bruno Brillante; Dr. Riccardo Caniparoli; Dr. Roberto Germano; prof. Marco Giglio; prof. MarcoGuida; prof. Walter Iorio; Dr. Sergio Mantile; adv. Maurizio Montalto; prof. Giuglio Pane; prof. Marco Trifuoggi; arch. Alexander Valentino



10.30am – Capodimonte Reservoir – Centrale Cave, Corso Amedeo di Savoia, 228

  2.30pm – workshop on heat exchange with water and air, with Renato Papale (Italian Geothermal Union) – lan

  5.30pm – Pietrasanta Water Museum LAPIS – Piazzetta Pietrasanta, 17



10.30am – Canale Bolla – ABC headquarters of S. Lazzaro, Via S. Lazzaro, 4

  2.30pm – VollaCanali superficial (Cozzone, Volla, San Severino) – Volla-Casalnuovo

  3.45pm – Russo Family Collection (Somma Vesuviana Library).

THU 12/10/2023 – SAT 15/10/2023

At the end of the multi-year transnational project Atlas of Mediterranean Liquidity, experts from three of the main cultural metropolises of the Mediterranean, Athens, Alexandria in Egypt and Naples, gathered for an exchange of results at the Goethe-Institut in Alexandria from 12 to 14 October 2023.

The Neapolitan contribution, HHydrOtopia, conceived and created by lan – nomadic architecture laboratory as part of the Cool City project, collects information and materials on the abundant spring water in three exemplary areas in Naples and its surroundings: the Conca di Agnano to the west, Volla- Bridges to the east of the city and Santa Lucia / Chiatamone in the city center. Cool City zielt aims to recover and reuse this resource, which has marked the hydrogeological history of Naples but which today is discharged into the sewer system or into the sea.

Activities within the symposium

The symposium program includes an exhibition at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, based on materials from the Alexandria, Athens and Naples projects, conferences and round tables.

The symposium is a cooperation between the Goethe-Instituts of Alexandria, Athens and Naples, with the support of the CEAlex – Center d’Études Alexandrines, the Archaeological Center of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Greek Cultural Institute of Alexandria.

Inauguration of “The Sea and the Water” the blue gold of Naples,

Stazione Marittima in collaboration with the MANN (National Archaeological Museum of Naples) and the extra-MANN sites



Kyong Park – “2086: Together How?”


Curated by Soik Jung and Kyong Park, “2086: Together How?” is exhibition at the Korean Pavilion in the La Biennale di Venezia 2023 that brought together architects, community leaders and artists, the project asks how we might work together to endure current and future environmental crises until 2086 – the year when the global population is said to peak.

The premise of “2086: Together How? is to interrogate our Faustian ideology of progress and how we have sought unlimited material pleasure through industrialization, westernization, and liberalism, and our reparations of the past colonial exploitations is the first step in our reconciliation with nature.

Central to the exhibition is The Game of Together How, a quiz show that invites viewers to make choices about social, political, and economic issues that impact the climate endgame.

The exhibition asserts that not only will the environmental crisis force us to come up with a better ecocultural paradigm, more importantly, it will be our best and last chance to become a better humanity.



LAN & Cornell University

For the semester, January-May 2023, lan is giving professional assistance in the course “ARCH 4102/5115/5116 – Architecture Design Studio. 25 students are focusing on informality and designing for the people in need: disadvantaged groups, disable persons, elderly, immigrants, mental disordered.

Hoping to be somehow helpful


6:00 PM  Presentation of the one year project Hhydrotopia in collaboration with Goethe-Institut



Waters that heal / Water care II: The Waters of the Bolla

Mapping days on the eastern aquifer of Naples and on the ancient catchment systems.

Walk and workshop




Heritage Community Network for a widespread and shared museum

MANN (National Archeological Museum of Naples) – Conference room



Hhydrotopia – FOCUS AGNANO

Waters that heal / Water care II: The Waters of the Bolla

20 May – Focus.01_Conca di Agnano and its waters – 4.30 pm – lan piazza e. de nicola 46 – staircase A, int. 71, 3rd floor

21 May – Focus.02_Walking for an Atlas – Public walk to get to know the Agnano basin – 10.00 am – appointment at the entrance to the Agnano spa, via Antonio Beccadelli

in collaboration with: MED.HYDRO SRL / Consorzio di Bonifica di Agnano e Campi Flegrei / Vanvitelli University Dep. Engineering / Lux in Fabula / Legambiente and with the support of Goethe Institute Neapel



L’oro blu del golfo di Napoli – PRESS CONFERENCE 

Galleria Borbonica, via Domenico Morelli 61, Naples

The Promoting Committee for the recognition by UNESCO of the “Spring Waters of the Gulf of Naples” as a World Heritage Site

Mixed, Natural and Cultural Heritage, for

Their uniqueness and their organic, organoleptic, nutritional and healing particularities

Their influence on socio-cultural and landscape evolution

Their impact on the hydraulic structures of the Gulf countries, a masterpiece of man’s creative genius and a unique example of high hydraulic engineering perfected over time

The abundance and variety of springs

Greetings: Dr. Gianluca Minin – Present: Prof. Gennaro Mantile Speeches: Arch. Alexander Valentino; Prof. Walter Iorio; Dr. Bruno Miccio; Prof. Elvira Chiosi – Chair: Prof. Giulio Pane



Udi Edelman, Avital Avital and Shim Shim from the Centre of Digital Art in Holon (Israel) have come to visit the lan headquarter and our CoolCity team involved in Atlas Mediterranean Liquidity. The project, supported by the Goethe Institute Network, gathers together organizations around the Mediterranean on the topic of water.



Ajmal Maiwandi – 20 years reconstruction of Kabul

Preserving some of the most important historic public sites in Afghanistan, the work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has transformed derelict sites into thriving centers for public interaction, exchange and economic regeneration.



Cool City Lab – Seoul, Summer Online Workshop

“A Space Design Workshop on Rediscovering of Subterranean Water in Seoul”

Cool City Lab-Seoul is seeking students who are interested in a summer online workshop on the rediscovering and innovative regeneration of Bukchon (a well-remained traditional village in the center of Seoul city in South Korea) waterways. This workshop is part of a project for <Future School> for the Korean Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Cool City Lab-Seoul online workshop will be composed of a virtual Bukchon site tour, lectures, and online design studio classes. The design results will be exhibited physically at Bukchon HanokCheong in Seoul and virtually on <Future School> Online in July. This workshop is open to everybody who can participate via Zoom.

In the Cool City Lab-Seoul Online Summer Workshop, Professor Kyong Park of the Department of Visual Arts at San Diego State University in California, Professor Younghwan Lim of the Department of Architecture at Hongik University, and Sunhyun Kim, the CEO of D.LIM Architect, will teach small classes in English and Korean.



9.30am – 6.00pm_Porta Nolana Circumvesuviana station – From the Casa dell’Acqua di Volla to Santa Caterina a Formiello, Porta Capuana, on the route of the canals of the superficial Bolla aqueduct.



CoolCity_Lab – workshop on the route of the Bolla aqueduct. From the Water House of Volla-Casalnuovo to Santa Caterina a Formiello, the path of the waters that fed the Poggio Reale and the ornamental fountains on the ancient street of Poggio Reale – With Professor Pietro Nunziante (Architecture Department of the Federico II of Naples ), the engineer Clemente Esposito (President of the Southern Speleological Center), and Bruno Miccio (Expert on Neapolitan aqueducts)

11:00_The streets of water – Inauguration of the Water Museum at P.zzetta Pietrasanta 17-18 Naples.

3.00pm – 3.20pm_lan – Introduction to the CoolCity project – P.zza E. De Nicola 46, staircase A 3rd floor int. 71

3.30pm – 4.30pm_The canal system for water collection in the eastern area of ​​Naples. With Bruno Miccio, Clemente Esposito, Giuseppe Del Giudice and the participation of Antonella Feola, Mattia Leone and Pietro Nunziante.