Following on from the 2017 House 1
project, a public architectural intervention in Zurich, ALICE's teaching programme and the All About Space
series enter the realm of urban and suburban space. The series' latest volume Beyond the Object: The Imagination of Space
proposes an alternative idea and cultural history of architecture that is derived from the notion of spatial design rather than that of technical objects and constructions. Thus current topics like urban planning, the correlation of public and private spaces, social and economic development are wrapped up into more general questions: What are our common and scientific understandings of space and spatial correlations and how can they apply to contemporary architectural practice and education? The underlying narrative of Beyond the Object: The Imagination of Space
is loosely tied to the exemplary urban context of Zurich. Yet it addresses the topic with decidedly global scope. And like the previous books The Invention of Space
and House 1 Catalogue
, the new volume combines fact with fiction to broaden the view upon future scenarios.