The ALICE laboratory at EPFL focuses on insideness as a primary condition where the lives of humans take place. Projects on public space and the interior of the city and human habitat serve as a point of departure for in-depth research relating landscape, urban environment and architecture to our embodied existence in space.
ALICE engages in research through three main vehicles: 1) research through design; 2) interdisciplinary fundamental research; 3) the development and implementation of innovative teaching methodologies at Bachelor and Masters level.
ALICE strives for collective, open processes and non-deterministic design methodologies, driven by the will to integrate analytical, data based approaches and design thinking into actual project proposals and holistic scenarios. Research and teaching are conducted in close proximity, in a design-research perspective. The lab engages in developing and building full-scale, installation-size artefacts, as well as inventing new types of ephemeral structures for social and cultural events.
In parallel, fundamental research is conducted by ALICE’s team of scientists and doctoral candidates who pursue inquiries at the meeting point of architecture, urban thinking and social sciences, with the same focus on the human, collectively shared dimension of society and it’s potential in space-making processes.
The ALICE team consists of a group of young architects and researchers, scientists and doctoral candidates from Europe and abroad.