HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY is a 240 square metre public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.
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.
ALICE understands the profession of architecture as one that tightly associates the two extremes of its practice: body-space and territory. How can architecture articulate lived space in continuity with the land and our cities? In social terms this approach is echoed by ALICE’s emphasis on both individual responsibility and group collaboration.
The ALICE team consists of a group of young architects and researchers, scientists and doctoral candidates from Europe and abroad.
Download French Reportage here.
ALICE here on Archdaily.