The Invention of Space

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.




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

1st edition

, 2015

Text in English


292 pages, 183 color and 144 b/w illustrations

16.5 x 23.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-003-9

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.


Further volumes in the series:

House 1 Catalogue: All About Space, Volume 2

Beyond the Object: All About space, Volume 3

Autoren & Herausgeber

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.


«Das fiktionale Werk lässt neue Perspektiven auf die Wahrnehmung und Vermittlung von Räumen und Raumgestaltung zu.» Marie-Kathrin Zettl, form Designing Time