The Invention of Space
All About Space. Volume 1
Edited by Dieter Dietz, Matthias Michel

Text by Matthias Michel, Daniel Zamarbide
Photographs by Agathe Mignon, Dylan Perrenoud.


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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.

Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
The Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) 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. How can culture, together with a raft of competing 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.

Dieter Dietz is an architect and associate professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's School of Architecture, where he directs ALICE.
Matthias Michel is a writer, communications designer, and a lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW.
Daniel Zamarbide is an architect and co-founder of Geneva-based architectural firm Bureau A. 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.


183 color, 144 b/w

292 pages, 327 illustrations
Hardback, 16.5x23.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2015
ISBN 9783038600039