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Authors 06.11.2009

Farzaneh BAHRAMI

Farzaneh Bahrami is a designer particularly interested in dynamics of public space, social sustainability and participatory urban projects. She is a distinguished graduate of Domus Academy / Urban Design Institute and holds a master degree in Industrial Design from University of Tehran, Iran. She has previously collaborated with Systematica, a town and transport planning studio in Milan and is currently engaged in a research project in the framework of Marseille-Provence 2013|Capitale Européenne de la Culture.

Stefan BOTEZ

Stefan Botez (1983) is an artist working preponderantly with photography and video, exploring the various ways of creating and manipulating image. He finished his studies in Architecture at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. Afterwards he continued studying visual arts, being part of the one year postgraduate program ALPes at the Geneva University of Art and Design. Program focused on the implementation of art practices in public space. During this year Stefan Botez developed a trilogy that explores intimacy and its relation with public space, through various mediums, from photographic image to drawing and text. One of the three projects Mi-e dor de tine/I miss you was selected for the 2011 Desire is War exhibition at the Brukenthal National Museum of Art, Sibiu, Romania.

Some of his early work was shown in London at the Westbourne Studios (2007), SULUV gallery in Novi Sad, Serbia (2007), Okuparte Festival, Huesca, Spain (2004). In the last years he collaborated closely with the art/fashion collective Rozalb de Mura, which introduced him to singer and performer Loredana for which he did live visuals during her Sundance tour.


Italian musician | researcher | sound artist. Active in the fields of contemporary music, théâtre musical, performance and installation art, her work focuses primarily on electro-acoustic music and mixed media projects for the stage or in installations. Aiming at establishing new opportunities for perception, her site-responsive and interactive sound environments suggest a flexible and modulable relationship to space, which becomes an “arena of exchange” and a performative context.


Architect and doctoral assistant at laba (EPFL laboratoire bâle). Currently her specialist area is the urbanization of the sea. She co-ordinated the “Barents Sea” project at laba 2011/12 and co-edited the prize-wining book “Barents Lessons- Teaching & research in Architecture”, 2012 Zürich: Park Books. This research is continuing as a doctoral thesis, completion in 2015. Nancy previously ran her own architectural/urban design practice cet-01 in Berlin & and taught there at the TU. She studied architecture at Auckland University, New Zealand, and I.U.A.V Italy.

Caroline CUÉNOD

Historienne de formation, spécialisée en histoire de la justice pénale au XVIIIe siècle, Caroline Cuénod mène des recherches artistiques sur la relation entre l’archive, le contrôle et le déchet. Elle travaille à Genève et actuellement étudiante au work.master de la Haute école d'art et de design - Genève.


Sonia Curnier (1985) is an architect and doctoral researcher at EPFL. Her research is focused on contemporary trends in public space design, and particularly on the design processes that lie behind them. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture with a minor in Urban Planning and Territorial Development from EPFL. Before re-affiliating the EPFL, she worked as a designer for two years in an urban planning office based in Switzerland. Besides her research activities, she is involved in the management of an exhibition and conference space in Lausanne, which serves as a platform for debate around urban and architectural issues.


Artiste suisse formée initialement dans les arts appliqués, 2000. Design et réalisation de lampes pour des espaces spécifiques, en collaboration avec des architectes. Postgrade ALPes Art Lieu Paysage espace sonore, pratiques artistiques de l’espace public, HEAD Genève, 2011.

Jean-Nicolas FAUCHILLE

City planner
Spatial development
Teacher, fine arts schools of Montpellier and Perpignan (2001-2008)
Thesis in progress: Pragmatic approach to spatial justice, an experimental arrangement of the switzerland's hospital services.
Research laboratory Chôros- EPFL


Adam Fearon a suivi durant l’année académique 2010-2011 le cours post-grade ALPeS à la Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD). Il publie ici le texte de son essai écrit pour l’obtention de son diplôme.

Beatrice FERRARI

She hold a Master’s degree in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel and a Certificate of Chinese language from the Beijing University of Language and Culture.
She is currently a PhD candidate at Chôros Lab, at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where she also teachs urban planning and urban culture in China.
The research topics she’s interested in include the transformations of built environment, the production of cosmopolitan spaces and the relationship between urbanization and globalization processes, with a particular focus on China. The objective of her PhD research project is to better understand how innovative people in Beijing are practicing the city and contributing to its insertion into worldwide networks.


Julien Garnier was born in 1985, in France. From 2005 to 2011, he studied at the Haute Ecole d'art et de Design in Geneva, Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux Arts in Paris / Cergy, and at Ecole Supèrieure des Beaux Arts in Montpellier (France). He now lives and works in Montpellier and Marseille. 
Julien Garnier' s art addresses the relationship between the modern environment and the art object. His productions are some simulacrums of our contemporary universe. 
He tries to question the status of objects, architecture and decorum, standing in a slide from original to substitute, from illusion to trick. His volumes and drawings are diluted in recognizable forms, to keep its potential to represent a certain approach of contemporary world. Using simple materials such as industrial woods, iron and fluorescent lights. His use of DIY skills strives to escape from dictatorship of the already well thought out.


Carolina Guillermet is a visual artist and researcher based in Geneva, whose multifaceted practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation work, with a particular interest in landscape, urban intervention and the correlations between the two.

She holds a Fine Art degree in painting and a Master's degree in Arts and Letters, where her research specialty centred on modes of artistic production in contemporary art. She has also recently completed the ALPes postgraduate program at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, University of Geneva.

Anne-Sylvie HENCHOZ

Julien Garnier was born in 1985, in France. From 2005 to 2011, he studied at the Haute Ecole d'art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris / Cergy, and at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier (France). He now lives and works in Montpellier and Marseille.

Julien Garnier's art addresses the relationship between the modern environment and the artwork. His productions are some simulacrums of our contemporary universe. He tries to question the status of objects, architecture and decorum, standing in a slide from original to substitute, from illusion to trick. His scuptures and drawings are diluted in recognizable forms to keep its potential to represent a certain approach of contemporary world using simple materials such as industrial woods, iron and fluorescent lights. His use of DIY skills strives to escape from dictatorship of the already well thought out.

Abigaïl KERN

A scientific advisor for the Cooperation & Development Center at EPFL, Abigaïl-Laure Kern is in charge of the «sustainable habitat and cities» priority research area of the Unesco Chair Technologies for Development.
She also manages two (Brazil, Chile) of the eight bilateral cooperation programmes
in science and technology between Switzerland and extra European countries. She holds two Master Degrees (Political Sciences and Public Policies) and a dual degree BA in Sociology. This year, she starts a PhD at EPFL.
Specialised in urban development, she was a research analyst on international governance in Ghana and decentralised cooperation in Madagascar. Prior to joining EPFL, she worked for the French Development Agency (AFD) in the Infrastructures and Urban Development Department as an assistant project manager in various countries (Togo, Djibouti, Kenya). She also coordinated missions for French local governments in charge of urban projects in Laos and Burkina Faso in collaboration with Unesco.


French architect and urban planner, Carole Lanoix is a doctoral research assistant in the Chôros Laboratory (EPFL).
 From a prospective understanding of territory to the anthropology of Indian cities, Carole Lanoix’s multidisciplinary journey has encouraged the creation of dialogues between spatial and societal dimensions found in all urban complexity. The map as image becomes the basis for an exploration of ‘’alter-natives’’, allowing her to re-establish the extension of all geographic and anthropological horizons to include all ‘’cosmographies’’ or, in other words, the art of projecting (oneself into) the world, for example by walking.

Marlène LEROUX

Marlène Leroux is born in Lyon in1982.
In 2008 she has founded in collaboration with 4 partners the architecture office "Archiplein" based in Geneva and Shanghai. Together, they aim at a critical analysis among architecture phenomena according to our context of globalization. Marlène Leroux and her office are deeply involved in a reflective communication of the present Chinese situation; producing projects, articles, expositions and lectures.
In 2011, she joins the LAMU as a scientific scientific assistant and PhD candidate for EDAR.

Jacques LÉVY

Jacques Lévy is a geographer and an urbanist, full professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). He is director of the Chôros Laboratory and co-director of the Collège des Humanités. He has been invited professor in various universities : ECLA NYU, USP (Sao Paulo) L’Orientale (Naples), Macquarie (Sydney), ans the Reclus Chair in Mexico City. He has been a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He has been invited as a keynote speaker in many congresses and conferences throughout the World. His major concerns are social theory of space, urbanity, globalisation, cartography, spatial development, and the epistemology of social sciences. He has completed numerous projects, including theoretical reflections, field studies on metropolises worldwide, and practical urban and territorial projects.


Li li née en Chine en 1988 et vit en Europe depuis 2007.
Elle est actuellement étudiante au work.master à la Haute école d’art et de design – Genève.

2010: DNAP à l'école des Beaux Arts d'Annecy
2005: 2ans d'étude à l'école des Beaux Arts de Xi'an en Chine

Expositions collectives :
2010: A limbus europae, Kienitzer Straße108,Berlin, Germany
2009: Place du Château d'Annecy,France


Alan Magee trained as a fine artist at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He holds an MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, where he is also currently lecturing in Video & Photography. His practice crosses many disciplines from sculpture, installation and drawing, to a variety of lens based media. His work conveys his interest in the individual, often posing questions of an existential nature about notions of choice and change. Magee often focuses on mans interactions with Society and his ability to impact on his environment. He exhibits regularly between Ireland and the UK, with selected exhibitions and screenings further afield.

Véronique MAURON

Veronique Mauron is PhD, art historian, specialist of contemporary art and scientific collaborator at the Chôros Laboratory of the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). She has conducted interdisciplinary researches about the mourning, the idiocy and the reproductive medicine, She is curator and set up art exhibitions. She participates on the research of the Public Space in the EPFL.

Marc Antoine MESSER

Urbanisme de formation, Marc Antoine Messer est doctorant à la Communauté d’études pour l’aménagement du territoire à l’EPFL (Suisse). Il travaille sur les questions de durabilité du développement territorial et particulièrement sur le rôle de la commune dans un aménagement du territoire plus économe en ressources et les effets de la fragmentation institutionnelle au sein des agglomérations urbaines dans un contexte d’émergence de nouveaux quartiers résidentiels supra-communaux.


Prune Nourry was born in 1985 in France, she lives and works between Paris and NewYork. Bachelor in the School of Art and Design Ecole Boulle, she had happenings and exhibitions in France, Belgium, England and US.
Prune Nourry is a sculptor and visual artist who is passionate about social and ethical issues and whose artistic process deals with contemporary issues.

Trevor PATT

He holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a doctoral researcher in the Media × Design Lab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. His research is focused on computational approaches to design and specifically on strategies to thicken and enrich the multidisciplinary moment of connection between architecture, urban design, and planning. He is interested in both the interfaces through which the designer realizes the work and the interfaces through which the work engages the potential of the city.


Trained as an artist at the Fine Arts of Lyon (ENSBAL) and now of Geneva (HEAD). His practice takes different forms, from video installations and photography, to sculpture, painting or also performance. But through theses distinct means of expression, he tries to elaborate the same research on communication and representations of individuals or groups.


She hold a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel.
She is currently a PhD candidate at LASur Lab, at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. The research topics she’s interested in include urban cultures, prospective forms of mobilities, museology and documentary photography. The objective of her PhD research project is to explore the practices of contemporary nomads (travellers) and follow the traces of their mobile and ephemeral environments using documentary photography as qualitative research tool and epistemologic object of study.


Johan Rothen est né en 1987 à Genève. Il est titulaire d'un bachelor de l'ECAV (Haute Ecole d'Art du Valais) et actuellement étudiant au work.master de la Haute école d'art et de design - Genève.
Il a participé à plusieurs expositions dans les milieux associatifs. Il réalise principalement des installations en utilisant des matériaux simples et détournés de leur fonctions principales.


She is born in Lisbon and live in London where she works as an artist, researcher and teacher. She founded msdm as a platform to explore nomadic strategies of display and mediation. Recent projects include: classop (Sput&nick gallery, Porto, 2010), fake newspaper (Museu da Cidade, Lisbon 2010), browser landscapes (Centro Cultural de Espana, Montevideo e Centro Cultural de Lagos, Lagos, 2010), participatory architectures (archive, memory, revolution), soundtrack for a cctv (project voyeur view, Lisbon 2007), Arphield recordings, Space, london (2006), what are we doing whats happening to us what needs to be done i prefer not to / the we do what happens in what should be done I'd rather not, (Elastic residence, 2005) and sos: ok, (coleman project space, 2004). Her current interests are: book arts and indie publishing, historical methods to work with archives, art-writing and visual essay.

Selena SAVIC

Selena Savić is an architect and researcher, interested in architectural qualities of wireless communication and the way technology mediates the space we inhabit. Selena graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade in 2006, where she later worked on urban planning and research. She continued her studies in Media Design, graduating from Networked Media at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2010. Since September 2011 she is a doctoral candidate at the Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) and the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal (IST), and a grantee of the FCT, Portugal. At EPFL, Selena is one of the founding researchers at SINLAB, an experimental laboratory situated at the intersection of Performing Arts, Architecture, Science, Engineering and Philosophy. Her artistic and experimental work was exhibited at numerous exhibitions and festivals.


Douglas Scholes use sculptural and performance installations to explore the relationship between maintenance and the pragmatic aesthetic. The pragmatic aesthetic refers to the intrinsic and evolving appearance of things, objects, and structures found in our environments, appearances that are inherently dynamic due to the passage of time. The pragmatic aesthetic is evident in the temporal states of many elements of contemporary society. For example the appearance of a new building that is transformed through the accumulation of surface dirt, the freshly painted fence that dulls with exposure to the weather, weeds growing through the new asphalt, dust accumulating on a lampshade, dishes that need washing, empty lots that become overgrown by weeds and disposable objects all speak of an abandoned attention. Scholes is fascinated by the appearance of an object that has both been created by abandoned attention and by the maintenance that is performed to reverse signs of neglect – the dichotomy between maintenance and deterioration – the inevitable, usual, predictable reaction of one to the other.

His work has been presented in Canada (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Darling Foundry), Ireland (Ulster University), Poland (Academy of Art in both Krakow and Wroclaw). He has been a board member to the Montreal based artist-run center DARE-DARE and is a one-fifth member of the artist collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM).


French geographer, he holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Strasbourg. He is currently a doctoral assistant at the LASur Lab at EPFL (Laboratory of Urban Sociology), where the objective of his PhD research is about the link between the lifestyles of french households and their energetic consumptions within and outside their homes.


Géographe, docteur (PhD) en Sciences économiques et sociales de l’Université de Genève, il a enseigné auprès des universités de Genève, Buenos Aires, Grenoble et Milan. Depuis 2007, il est titulaire du cours de géographie urbaine auprès de l’Accademia di architettura (Università della Svizzera italiana) à Mendrisio, où il est également responsable de l’Observatoire du développement territorial du canton du Tessin. Ancien membre (1996-2002) de la Commission de la recherche alpine des Académies suisses des sciences naturelles et des sciences sociales (ICAS, Bern), il est actuellement membre du comité scientifique de l’ISR-EURAC, Institut du développement régional de l’Académie Européenne de Bolzano (I). Ses recherches et publications portent sur le développement urbain et la mobilité en montagne, la cartographie et, plus récemment, sur l’espace public urbain.


Née à Biarritz, diplomée de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux et étudiante durant l'année académique 2010-2011 dans le programme post-grade ALPES à la Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD) de Genève. Elle a un parcours qui est orienté du côté de la peinture et du dessin.

Annemarieke WEBER

Annemarieke Weber lives and works in Amsterdam. In the Dutch capital, 178 different nationalities live and meet in public spaces. As a communications officer and artist, she specialises in bringing people together in an interactive and creative way, aiming to help people understand each other. Weber wants to stimulate dialogue and art in public spaces, and encourage people to show they care about their fellow human beings. Therefore, in 2006, she invented and designed the Findfence as a stimulating and artistic communication device. A meeting place that makes people smile, meet and interact. Art you can use.

When creating her Findfence, Weber could not have foreseen the reactions. Both young and old, from different cultural backgrounds and educated on every level_everybody understands the philosophical meaning of the Findfence. Weber has found proof of the general appeal of her Findfence concept in over a hundred articles in newspapers, magazines, television, radioshows and so on. As a writer and journalist, she values the continuous media attention for her creation.

Annemarieke Weber also takes a great interest in sustainability and environmental issues. “What can be more ´cradle to cradle´ than recycling your own personal belongings by finding them back on a Findfence?”


Diplômé en sociologie d’urbanisme de l’Université de Paris IV, il poursuit son parcours de doctorat au laboratoire Chôros de l’EPFL à partir de 2013. L’enjeu de sa recherche repose sur l’exploration de la Société-Monde sur Internet. En effet, la société contemporaine se juxtapose au fur et à mesure dans « l’espace virtuel », où les citoyens du monde s’expriment et s’agissent différemment, par exemple, ceux de la Chine et des Etats-Unis. Aussi sont essentielles des analyses sémantiques autour du corpus numérique.