Visions for Architectural Design. Towards 2050

Smart Living Lab: a unique collaborative project of three Swiss universities, combining scientific reserach with a concrete building design




Edited by Marilyne Andersen, Emmanuel Rey

1st edition

, 2019

Text in English


212 pages, 80 color and 17 b/w illustrations, 24 graphics

18 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-131-9


Product of a research cooperation between three Swiss universities—the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s School of Architecture, the School of Architecture and Technology in Fribourg, and the University of Fribourg—the Smart Living Lab is a research and development center for the built environment of the future. This high-tech structure also serves as an emblem of the cooperation’s aim to translate academic research into actual buildings. A new series of books, entitled Towards 2050 will be showcasing the ambitious undertaking at various stages.

The series’ inaugural volume, Thinking: Visions for Architectural Design highlights preliminary research for the smart living lab and considers visions for sustainable buildings. The book features essays by Sophie Lufkin, Emilie Nault, MArilyne Andersen, and Emmanuel Rey as well as interviews with leading experts such as Tatiana Bilbao, Paula Cadima, Lionel Devlieger, Herbert Girardet, Alistair Guthrie, Kengo Kuma, Ali Malkawi, Edward Ng, Susan Parnell, Antoine Picon, Carlo Ratti, and Koen Steemers. It lays out the myriad challenges and opportunities the project is likely to face, as well as its considerable potential to drive change.


Further volumes in the Towards 2050 series:

Exploring: Reserach-driven Building Design

Autoren & Herausgeber

Marilyne Andersen

 is a professor of sustainable construction technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Before joining EPFL as faculty member, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Assistant then Associate Professor at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Emmanuel Rey

 is a professor of architecture and sustainable construction technologies at EPFL in Lausanne, where he directs the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST). He is also a partner with Swiss firm Bauart Architects and Planners.