The Invention of Space
All About Space. Volume 1
A sparkling intellectual experiment about creating space and the initial volume of a new four-part series from EPFL's School of Architecture.
1st edition, 2015
292 pages, 183 color and 144 b/w illustrations
16.5 x 23.5 cm
In cooperation with Atelier de la Conception de l'Espace ALICE
The Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE), affiliated with the School of Architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, is an educational facility focusing on preparing students for the practice of architecture. 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.
„This work of fiction opens up new perspectives on the perception and communication of spaces and spatial design.” Marie-Kathrin Zettl, form Designing Time