ALICE is a laboratory at the school of architecture (ENAC/SAR/IA) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded in October 2006 and offers an experimental approach to teaching design in architecture. The team consists of a group of architects and researchers from across Europe and Switzerland. All members of the team have built up their own practices in different European Cities, including London, Berlin, Zurich, Copenhagen and Lausanne. ALICE benefits from this international background at a day to day level, most members commuting between those cities and Lausanne.
One of the key ideas underlying ALICE’s approach to teaching design is a constant discourse between a conceptual framework of an architectural idea and its translation into an actual project. While projects are usually developed with typical architectural drawings and models to represent a given proposal, we are presently exploring the potential of expanding the project scale into a one-to-one condition. The intention is that the structural constraints present at this scale as well as the potential physical and spatial impact will encourage synthetic thinking and a holistic approach to design issues.
EPFL – ALICE - Atelier de la conception de l’espace.