Research-driven Building 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


276 pages, 47 color and 2 b/w illustrations, 76 graphics and tables

18 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-132-6


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.

Exploring: Research-driven Building Design presents the second phase of research at the Smart Living Lab, which focuses on the various problems that must be solved to satisfy future buildings’ sustainability goals. Given that the building sector is one of the world’s biggest contributors to CO2 emissions and energy consumption, the research group is seeking strategies to improve energy and carbon performance of the Smart Living Lab, anticipating the expected tight requirements thirty years from now. The book features contributions by Marilyne Andersen and Emmanuel Rey; Anne-Claude Cosandey, Marilyne Andersen, and Emmanuel Rey; Thomas Jusselme; Dominic Villeneuve, Thierry Maeder, Hamed Alavi, Vincent Kaufmann, and Denis Lalanne; Thomas Jusselme, Endrit Hoxha, Cédric Liardet, Himanshu Verma, Derek Christie, Marc Antoine Messer, and Luca Pattaroni; Arianna Brambilla, Cécile Nyffeler, Hugo Gasnier, Jean-Marie Le Tiec, and Arnaud Misse; Didier Vuarnoz, Julien Nembrini, Philippe Couty, and Thibaut Schafer; Florinel Radu; Thomas Jusselme, Endrit Hoxha, Stefano Cozza, Raphaël Tuor, Renato Zülli, Nicolas Henchoz, and Denis Lalanne; and Thomas Jusselme and Didier Vuarnoz.


Further volumes in the Towards 2050 series:

Thinking: Visions for Architectural 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.