ALICE

All About Space

 

All About Space – Volume 1, 2015, THE INVENTION OF SPACE

Edited by Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel und Daniel Zamarbide. With texts by Matthias Michel. Photographs by Dylan Perrenoud

A sparkling intellectual experiment about creating space. To cultivate the ability to create or shape space, students must be confronted with an educational frame¬work that prepares them for the field’s many practical challenges, from cultural, social, environmental, and physical concerns to working with the wide range of collaborators who must bring their creativity and expertise together in the design process.

The Invention of Space is the initial volume in a four-part series on ALICE, this new book focuses on how its innovative curriculum primes students to recognize the cultural practices embedded in the invention of space. Architectural spaces are conceived—and experienced—collectively within the incorporating culture. How can culture, together with a raft of com¬peting concerns, be best translated in the design process? The book explores this and related questions through a fictional narrative, in essays and with more than three-hundred images. ALICE plays a key role in the success of one of Europe’s leading schools of architecture, and this book, together with the three other volumes in the series, provides an opportunity to explore the exceptional learning environment ALICE offers.

All About Space – Volume 2, 2017, HOUSE 1 CATALOGUE

Edited by Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel, Daniel Zamarbide, Agathe Mignon. With texts by Diana Alvarez-Marin, Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel, and Daniel Zamarbide. Photographs by Dylan Perrenoud

The second volume in a four-part series on ALICE, House 1 Catalogue focuses on a prototype, House 1, developed and constructed throughout the academic year. This mobile structure incorporates ALICE’s core values of communication and collaboration in building processes, and it will travel as part of an exhibition to several major cities, where it will be continually modified and reconfigured. With again hundreds illustrations, this book continues the experimental narrative Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel, and Daniel Zamarbide began in The Invention of Space, which will be further developed in the forthcoming third and fourth volumes in the series.

 

All About Space – Volume 3, 2018, BEYOND THE OBJECT

Edited and with contributions by Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel, Daniel Zamarbide. Photographs by Dylan Perrenoud

The space-creation experiment continued. The third volume in a four-part series on ALICE’s teachings, Beyond the Object follows up on The House 1 Catalogue and The Invention of Space,proposing an alternative cultural history of architecture derived from the notion of spatial design rather than technical engineering and construction. Among the topics discussed are the common and scientific understandings of space and how they can be applied to contemporary architectural practice. Using Zurich as an exemplar of urban planning and development, the new volume combines fact with fiction to broaden the view upon future scenarios.

ALICE plays a key role in the success of one of Europe’s leading schools of architecture, and this book, together with the three other volumes in the series, provides an opportunity to explore the exceptional learning environment ALICE offers.