EM2N—City Factory

EM2N—City Factory

Advocating for a City of Tolerant Co-Existence

Zurich-based architects EM2N have been actively contributing to Zurich’s urban transformation for twenty-five years—this is their first major monograph


  • May 2023   approx. CHF 75.00 | eur 68.00


Title Information

Edited by Medine Altiok, Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, and Caspar Schärer

1st edition

, 2023


approx. 488 pages, 600 color and 150 b/w illustrations

21.5 x 31.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-086-2


How do our cities evolve, what forces drive their evolution, and how exactly do they change as a result? Zurich-based architecture firm EM2N has been working on urban transformation processes ever since its establishment in 1997. Initially, the firm’s main focus was on the greater Zurich area, yet in recent years they have also developed and realized projects in Berlin, Brussels, and Hamburg. Over time, a diverse body of work has grown, more than half of which consists of conversions of existing buildings, resulting in numerous successes and a few failures, small structures and large-scale complexes, quick decisions and slow processes. What unites the designs, projects, and texts featured in this first monograph on EM2N is a profound interest in the concept of the city as an exciting, contradictory, and above all productive space of human life that the founding partners Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli have maintained throughout their twenty-five years of collaboration.

In EM2N—City Factory they offer a self-critical review of their achievements and also speak about learning processes, personal interests, and conceptual approaches to future tasks in ever-changing cities. This is supplemented with contributions from fellow architects and friends as well as with a wealth of photographs, plans, drawings, and other illustrations.


With contributions by Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli, Marc Angélil, Max Küng, Marcel Meili, and Peter Swinnen. Photographs by Filip Dujardin, Roland Fässler, Roger Frei, Simon Menges, Damian Poffet, and Joël Tettamanti. Illustrations by Ingo Giezendanner


Medine Altiok is an architect who runs her own practice with offices in Zurich and Aachen. She is a lecturer at various universities and schools, such as ETH Zurich, BILGI University Istanbul, and the AA School of Architecture in London.


Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli established their firm EM2N in Zurich in 1997, which nowadays also includes offices in Berlin and Brussels. They have taught as visiting professors at EPFL in Lausanne and ETH Zurich.


Caspar Schärer is a Zurich-based architect, publicist, and architecture critic.


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