How can architecture and education contribute to an understanding of a project beyond mere design and construction? How can we engage the instruments of architecture that are themselves transgressing disciplinary boundaries, in order to overcome the linear understanding of commands and execution that are present in highly specialized societies?
Becoming Léman is an emergent project situated around the Lake of Geneva, the ‘Lac Léman’, combining research with a broad range of educational formats and actual projects around the land and architecture. Our hypothesis posits that the linearity of an approach based on diagnosis and consequent ‘solutions’ is itself fundamentally problematic – embedded in a culture that segregates ‘thinking’ from ‘making’ and thus leading to a segregated world. To overcome this dichotomy, Becoming Léman works with ‘vectors’ that continue to activate projects in evolutionary and emerging nature. The imagination and work of many individuals articulate collective transformations of places through situated projects in evolutionary transductive processes. The lecture will introduce concepts and tools developed by ALICE laboratory, and proposes a journey across the Léman landscape, beyond French and Swiss borders.
Dieter Dietz is an independent architect based in Zurich and Geneva. Educated at ETH in Zurich and at Cooper Union in New York, Dieter is the founder of ALICE laboratory and the director of the Section of Architecture at EPFL in Lausanne. ALICE laboratory focuses on the instrumental agencies of architecture and its collective nature and endeavors. Engaging architecture and the land through situated projects in a transcalar approach in research and education, ALICE laboratory seeks to transgress the processes of alienation involved in the production of habitats in a capitalist world. Dieter is also a founding member of Architecture Land Initiative (ALIN). ALIN is a political action in the form of projects in landscape, public space, and architecture. Foregrounding the notion of care and contribution, the collective is working with public and private entities on projects in emergent environments and architecture.