News dates for guided tours of the House 1 project are scheduled between 11:00-17:00 on Monday 13th & Friday 24th of June and on Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th of July. All guided tours are free of charge. Click here for more information about House 1 and here for the facebook page of House 1.
Last week the PROTOSTRUCTURE was built by a group of first year students under the supervision of the ALICE team. It is now the beginning of the project HOUSE 1, that will evolve until the end of the summer. Next deadline: installation of 12 studio projects for the end of May.
Dieter Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Raffael Baur, Edouard Cabay, Laurent Chassot, Nicolas Durr, Margherita Del Grosso, Alexa den Hartog Stéphane Grandgirard, Patricia Guaita, Agathe Mignon, Andrea Pellacani, Laura Perez Lupi, Anne-Chantal Rufer, Wynd van der Woude
with: Rémy Meylan, wood engineer Atelier MUG and the precious help of Thibaud Smith.
Students: Léon Bührer, Constantin Guichard, Antonin Reber, Marc Délez, Manuel Zuloaga, Margaux Clivaz, Selen Karakoc, Aloys Mützenberg, Timon Stricker, Jonathan Fraschini, Erblin Jasiqi, Antonin Mack, Mathieu Stutz, Era Këri, Marièle Kupper, Pedro Maiurano, Alexandre Bron, Enéa Cordoba, Maria Loizou, Yekan Deli, Nicolas Otti, Diana Ugnat, Marilyn Brühlmann, Grégory Kramer, Michael Göhring, Jérôme Lauper, Bryan Parvex, Axelle Bosman, Nathan Voyame, Giovanni Abdalla, Stéphanie Deliyski, Maud Abbé-Decarroux, Tomislav Levak, Enrico Margaroli
ALICE EPFL is pleased to announce the first volume of ALL ABOUT SPACE, by Dieter Dietz and Daniel Zamarbide (editors), with main texts by Matthias Michel, photographs by Dylan Perrenoud and graphic design by Jonas Voegeli. The book launch @EPFL will be held in 2016.
The four consecutive volumes of the series ALL ABOUT SPACE aim at sharing the “ALICE experience” with the public. It combines fact, fiction and speculation with approaches to work at the ALICE laboratory, focussing on the creative understanding of space as a human condition. In consequence, the first volume extrapolates how space is “invented” in terms of the various cultural practices involved with spatial design. The story is told in text, pictures and graphics. It sets out to capture the arbitrary individual experience and pushes forward into the common invention and comprehension of space, embracing topics like the “history”, the “metaphysics”, or the “politics” of space, the “environmental”, the “virtual” and the “simulative” space, and ends up with exploring the spatial conditions of thought, emotion, fantasy and imagination.
Thus, this ambitious project turns the ALICE emphasis on architecture as part of something bigger than the assembly of isolated objects into an adventurous narrative. The following volumes will be published annually until 2018.
2055 is a temporary landmark to promote soft forms of mobility and offer pedestrian tourists a visual, tactile, and auditory experience in the Swiss Alps.
In August, 18 EPFL architecture master students erected a temporary landmark in Les Diablerets called 2055. The name is a reference to the altitude at which it stands, but it is also an invitation to contemplate the not so distant future. 2055 is one of three projects that students developed during the ALICE Y4 architectural studio held during last spring semester at EPFL. It was then refined and prefabricated during a 6-week summer workshop that brought together the 18 master’s students during their summer break. The structure is also a musical instrument, which is played by professionals during a concert last August and remain open to anyone who wants to produce echoes in the mountains. Sitting on a natural formation of rocks, it is located at the center of a natural amphitheater, within which notes played on its piano-string harp can resonate. The mandate to build the structure came from ecovillages, an association dedicated to promoting sustainable development in alpine environments, which was hosting a conference in Les Diablerets on the topic of “mobility.” 2055 will be open to the public for three months, before it is taken down. Click here for a video.
ALICE EPFL is part of the exhibition opening Book for Architects at the ETH Zurich curated by Fredi Fischli, Andri Gerber and Niels Olsen. The opening will be on Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 6 pm at ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL, E1. There will be a talk with Arno Brandlhuber and Christian Kerez, moderated by Stephan Trüby.
Architects write books, read books, love books and collect books. Books loom large for architects – books that endeavor to talk about architecture, books that are a source of inspiration, a forum for polemics, an expression of dreams, wishful thinking and so much more. This exhibition showcases a historical selection of special “books for architects” as well as commentary on books by contemporary architects, historians and theorists, who, in various forms, conceptually and concretely explore a great many aspects of books for architects. Selected items are spatially arranged within the exhibition, moreover, for a mise en scène of reading, writing and collecting books.
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This video is made in the framework of the study trip of studioNIEVEEN in March 2015. The concept of this study trip was to visit 6 cities in 3 days with limited time to spend and a specific exercise to execute in each city. The goal was to stimulate the awareness of time and space being constantly on the move using different transportation systems (planes, trains, metro, bus, bike etc.) triggering observations. Videography by Adrian Meredith (Cause.ch) & Rudi Nieveen (ALICE EPFL).
The ALICE Y1 final presentations took place on Tuesday May 27th in the Forum Rolex Learning Center. There were two short lectures by Areti Markopoulou and Carme Pinos. On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th the individual presentations were held in the ateliers.
ALICE_y1 made an installation for the Mapping Festival 2015 in Geneva. The installation is on display until May 17th at the BAC and is featuring wooden corners created by first year students. For more images click here and video here. Thanks to Céline Phan, Noélie Lecoanet, Eda Senn, Alexane Varone, Julia Martignoni, Tanguy Caversaccio, Antoine Bechet, Tim Cousin, Thibault Krauer, Samuel Jaccard, Laura Primiceri, Lorain Bernasconi, Sarah Gudit, Melina Ehrler, Sven Engelmann, Susanne Schneider, Manon Fantini, Rudi Nieveen.
Tonight, Wednesday 17th of September at 18:00 there will be the booklaunch of our new yearbook ALICE Y1 201314 and the vernissage of the 'BestOf 2013/14' exhibition in the foyer SG. There will be introductions by Dieter Dietz & Alexandre Blanc. This event is in collaboration with Archizoom. The 'BestOf' catalogue and the yearbook will be available for reduced prices on the moment of the event.
Public lecture of Matthew Johnson on wednesday 14th of may 2014, 18h30, Auditorium SG1
More than 10 million people have visited the High Line since it’s opening in 2009. The aim was to preserve and reuse an old train line and convert it into a public open space. This landscape and architectural masterpiece, cleverly balancing conservation, rehabilitation, vegetation, urban props and furniture, became an iconic elevated greenway with a major impact on the society and on the development of NYC. It has helped usher in something of a renaissance in the neighborhood: more than 30 projects were planned or are under construction nearby. The High Line has changed the perspective on urban wasteland.
This event is organized by ALICE y4 lab and Archizoom, EPFL.
Porte des Savoirs - Embodied experience of Immersion and Information Flow is a new project of EPFL+ECAL LAB and ALICE studio EPFL. The initial question at the origin of this research-by-design project touches on fundamental and critical notions involving our information age. Is it possible to create the sensation of bodily immersion from something that is, by nature, rather intellectual such as the reading of text? The context of the project adds yet another dimension: located at the outskirts of the city of Lausanne, at the entry station to the subway line, it aims at our perception of the urban environment. Entering the city can foster the experience of density in physical spaces, objects and encounters, and likewise stimulate knowledge and information production. Literally streaming information into the public space, the project thus challenges our understanding of such an experience.
The design of Jonas Vögeli, Hubertus Design, Zurich won the Red Dot Award for Communication Design 2013 with the set of books they created for ALICE. 'They were conceptualised as a series and are characterised by a design that boldly eschews any specific design focus in its creation and conventional terminologies in its categorisation. Thus calling for a new approach, the notion of corporate design itself has been expanded and defined in accordance with architectural discourse.' More information on Red Dot Award
The St Prex Luna design research project has been nominated for the Design Prize Switzerland edition 2013/14 in the category 'Newcomer'. The competition, which is held every two years, is designed to boost the importance of Swiss design, so prizes are awarded for outstanding performance in seven professional fields.
The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab design research project has been nominated for the Design Prize Switzerland edition 2013/14 in the category 'Market'. The exhibition of the nominations will be from 02/11/2013-26/01/2014 in Langenthal. More information on Designpreis.ch
On Thursday 19th of September at 17:30 there will be the booklaunch of AIRBORNE Y1 2012/13 and the vernissage of the 'BestOf 2012/13' exhibition in the foyer SG. This event is in collaboration with Archizoom. The 'BestOf' catalogue and the yearbook will be available for reduced prices on the moment of the event.