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                                     1        Cimenti Malaica, Held Lila                           2        De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher                 3-5        Gubler Andreas, Tonietti Sandro
                                     Physical experiment on gravity: falling structure, paper      Physical experiment on gravity: falling stone                Physical experiment on gravity: water in a balloon of
                                                                                                   on acrylic, vacuum formed                                    latex falling on an elastic grid
                                     The first phase in the ALICE curriculum includes the
                                     fabrication of a ‚physical construct‘, based on explora-      Emphasis was given both to the observation of falling        The gravitational impact on falling object and recieving
                                     tions conducted in experiments. The physical construct        objects, as well as to the receiving ground. Nicolas and     ground were observed as spatial and formal conditions
                                     is to ‚declare gravity at work‘. Here Malaica and Lila        Chris replaced gravity through a vacuum forming divice:      manifested in compressed moments of time.
                                     experimented with smoke and a cardboard grid in order         the result is suggesting a gravitational force through its
                                     to understand how the resistance of air affects the fall of   visual narrative.
                                     a given structure.




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  6- 7   De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher                   8- 10    De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher             11     De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher                13       De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher
  3D CAD sequence drawing, mapping deformation in              Physical model, wood and elastic strings                 Drawing of templates for the construction of the modell   Physical model, wood

Drawing in time!
  time

  Drawing in time: 3d software is implemented as a tool
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                                                                                                                        Cardboard templates
                                                                                                                                                                                  A physical construct declaring gravity at work: what
                                                                                                                                                                                  appears to be a simple triangulated object is in fact a
  for analysis of spatial conditions and transfromations in                                                                                                                       structure consisting of bands, with a hierarchy between
  time. The parallel construction of a physical model and                                                                                                                         the different joints. The result is not a fully rigid structure
  its counterpart in the digital realm fosters an understan-                                                                                                                      but rather a partly flexible construct resisting gravity
  ding of structures and forces.                                                                                                                                                  through the means of its geometry.




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14     Prorok Augusta, Sauterel Bertrand          16     Prorok Augusta, Sauterel Bertrand                        trajectories of the four cardinal points of the sheet led     17-18 Martin Aurel, Monteserin Mikael                     19      Ben Amor Fatma, Krotoff Aurélie
Sequence drawings: falling paper in space         Sequence drawings: volumentric study                            to a warped spatial construct, built in thin cardboard, its   Drawing in Time: collapsing dome structure                Wood structure connected by elastic strips.
                                                                                                                  wrapped geometry locking its form in space and making         Physical model, wood and acrylic
15       Prorok Augusta, Sauterel Bertrand        Augusta‘s and Bertrand‘s project was generated through          it a structurally robust artifact.                                                                                      Gravity impacts on form. A hanging structure respon-
Physical model declaring gravity at work, paper   the tracking of a sheet of paper falling in space. The                                                                        A model and a drawing analysing a first profane experi-   ding to tidal forces along an embankment
                                                  movements were recorded through 3 cameras located                                                                             ment: a dome of glue that was poured over an inflated
                                                  in space and then reconstructed in 3d software. The                                                                           baloon and collapsed as the baloon was removed.




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Rendering of a layered structure derived from physical                  23     Alberti Adrien, Hefti Sebastien                25    Alberti Adrien, Hefti Sebastien
experiments (24)                                                        3D CAD model                                          CAM Model, cardboard

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It is a core idea of the ALICE curriculum to work simul-                                                                      Physical model, proposal pavilion
taneously in parallel realms: To develope a project in 3d
software and to test it constantly in physical models, or
to draw while at the same time probing material quali-                  24       Alberti Adrien, Hefti Sebastien
ties in one to one mock ups. In this approach the design                Physical experiment on gravity: cardboard structure
process is constantly challenged by catalyst ‘reactions’ in             deformed by a stone
the respective fields of production.




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                                     27     Gachoud Clio, Pham Minh- Luc                        29     Gachoud Clio, Pham Minh- Luc                   Clio‘s and Minh‘s project and proposal for a pavilion
                                     3D CAD drawing, urban lounge below Millenium Bridge        Sequence drawings recording the balls in space        below millenium bridge started off with a film sequence
                                                                                                                                                      of balls impacting on a textile under tension. In the cour-
                                     28       Gachoud Clio, Pham Minh- Luc                      30- 31 Gachoud Clio, Pham Minh- Luc                   se of the development of the project the focus shifted
                                     Physical experiment on gravity: two falling balls impact   3D CAD drawing, urban lounge below Millenium Bridge   from the falling object towards the particular nature of
                                     on textile under tension                                                                                         the ground condition.




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32       Egli Nathalie, Michael Auguste, Tovar Nuez         34-35 Egli Nathalie, Michael Auguste, Tovar Nuez    This project was selected by the jury at the end of the     36      De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher                                        39        De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher
Andres                                                      Andres                                              first semester. In an extensive discussion with the group   Bands forming the pavilion, axonometry                                             Photomontage of the final proposal on Tower Bridge
Physical experiment on gravity: a ball falling into water   Renderings, declearing aleatory movement of water   the decision was taken to directly work with the water                                                                                         Plaza in London
                                                                                                                surface of the river Thames.                                37 - 38 De Courten Nicolas, Tan Christopher
33     Egli Nathalie, Michael Auguste, Tovar Nuez                                                                                                                           Pavilion on Tower Bridge Plaza in London, elevation                                Nicholas‘s and Chris‘s project explored the conditions
Andres                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and potentialities of Tower Bridge Plaza, the site that
3D CAD drawing, section                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        finally was chosen in December 2007.




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                                                                                                                                                                             ALICE
                                                                                                                                                                             Atelier Dietz
                                                                                                                                                                             a London Biennale Pavilion project by Tan Christopher & de Courten Nicolas
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Too many triangles for me!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I'm getting out of here,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         what about you?!




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                                     The development of the final project was accompanied        41 - 45 Pavilion project group                 46 - 47 Pavilion project group
                                     by a large number of study models, structural tests,        testing material and structural systems        Study models
                                     mock-ups, and a field trip to the site in London.


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                                     Testing a first styrofoam mock-up: moving with the tide
                                     in the river Thames at the embankment of Tower Bridge
                                     Plaza in London, March 26th, 2008




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The structure is based on the idea of a radial grid. The       48     Pavilion project group                                                             Section and topview of the installation in high tide
geometry implies constantly changing viewpoints, as            Conceptuel drawing                                                                        condition                                              Overflow: the London Pavilion Project                          53 - 54 Pavilion project group
well as porosity in gradient conditions and in motion,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tidal installation, Tower Bridge Plaza in London,
caused by the impact of the tidal forces. It is specifically   49 - 50 Pavilion project group                                                                                                                   The final proposal for the ALICE Pavilion for the London       rendrings
designed for passerby movements. The porosity of the           Section and topview of the installation in low tide                                                                                              Festival of Architecture is a structure of 9 by 15 meters
structure will enhance the awareness of the view filtered      condition                                                                                                                                        expansion. It is a large-scale architectonic artifact inter-
from behind, implementing a direct awareness of the                                                                                                                                                             acting with the tidal movements at the Thames River.
urban setting.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Conceived as a flexible post-tensioned polystyrene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                structure, fastened along the embankment parapet as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hinge, it is to pivot according to the tidal amplitudes in
                                                               51 -52       Pavilion project group                                                                                                              the Thames River.

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                                                                   Concept

                                                                   At the very beginning, our concept was conceiving a pavilion which spoke of gravity
                                                                   at work. However, we decided to take it a step further, all the while introducing
                                                                   ideas of
                                                                   porosity, light, and changing perceptions. Furthermore, the idea of an installation
                                                                   flooding or invading the plaza was brought to light. Instead of giving the people
                                                                   access to the Thames, we decided to bring the river onto the land by translating
                                                                   its movements into an installation.




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       Overflow was originally designed for Tower Bridge Plaza.     55      Pavilion group                             57      Pavilion group                                58 - 59 Pavilion group                                             60       Pavilion group
       This site was strategically chosen in order to investigate   Sketch pavilion proposal                           View through mock-up towards Tower Bridge             Production of the structure at ECAL + EPFL Lab. The de-            Basbouss Moukarzel Monica Rita, Cimenti Malaica, Coto
       how a natural force such as the tidal movement occur-                                                                                                                 mand for space was generously met at ECAL in Renens.               Chavarria Esteban, Egli Nathalie, Gachoud Clio, Jacot-
       ring in the Thames could be amplified and extended                                                                                                                                                                                       Guillarmod Loic, Michaud Auguste, Pham Minh- Luc,
       over the land in the form of a spatial screen continuous-    56       Pavilion group                                                                                                                                                     Philippe Edouard, Tan Christopher, Tonietti Sandro, Tovar
       ly transforming the perception of the iconic London          Testing styrofoam mock-up: Tower Bridge Plaza in                                                                                                                            Nuez Andrès
       Sky-line and its presence from the plaza.                    London, March 26th, 2008


deas!
views,
perception of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Malaïca Cimenti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Esteban Coto Chavarria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nathalie Egli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loïc Jacot-Guillarmod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Clio Gachoud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Auguste Michaud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andres Tovar-Nuez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Minh-Luc Pham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edouard Philippe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Rita Basbouss Moukarzel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chirstopher Tan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sandro Tonietti
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60-62 Pavilion group                                              63      Arriving in London                          64 - 65 June 20th, 2008
Overflow, test assambly on a football field in Renens             The stacks with the disassembled members properly   On June 20th overflow was installed at high tide around
near the ECAL + EPFL lab.                                         placed at the river walkway on June 18th, 2008      4pm. The mounting was staged as a public event. About
                                                                                                                      50 passerby helped to lift Overflow into place and to
                                                                                                                      shift it into its calculated position.


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                                     66      Pavilion Group     The installation was finally mounted in Southwark at the     68      Pavilion Group
                                     Overflow at high tide      South Bank of the Thames river in front of Tate Modern.      Overflow at high tidePavilion Group
                                                                Its spatial structure behaves as a tectonic overflow,
                                     67      Pavilion Group     from water to land. Although the Thames has largely          69      Pavilion Group
                                     Overflow at low tide       influenced through times the development of the urban        Overflow at low tide
                                                                fabric of London, a personal and physical connection to
                                                                the river is still restricted today by an imposing embank-   70       Pavilion Group
                                                                ment. This buffer zone absorbs twice a day an almost         Frontal view in front Tate Modern
                                                                unnoticeable level change of water of over six meters,
                                                                mainly vertically along its retaining walls.




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The proposed installation attempts to first accentuate      71      Pavilion group    72      Pavilion group             72      Pavilion group     73      Pavilion group
our awareness of the tidal phenomenon and then              Overflow at medium tide   Overflow at high tide              Overflow at high tide      Overflow at low tide, view towards St. Paul‘s Cathedral
transfer it into a physical experience expanding from
a vertical to a horizontal spatial configuration over the
embankment walkway.


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Overflow at low tide                                      Overflow at low tide, view from river bed

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Overflow at low tide: meeting the urban scale




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                                                                                                      Adrien Alberti
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                                                                                                      Monica Rita Basbouss Moukarzel
                                                                                                      Dorette Baumann
                                                                                                      Matthias Bellmann
                                                                                                      Bérengèr
                                                                                                      Rosanne Berthier
                                                                                                      Malaica Cimenti
                                                                                                      Esteban Coto Chavarria
                                                                                                      Nicolas De Courten
                                                                                                      Konstantinos Dell’Olivo
                                                                                                      Alexa Den Hartog
                                                                                                      Cyrille Deshusses
                                                                                                      Dieter Dietz
                                                                                                      Aline Dubach
                                                                                                      Maude Jobrin Dupras
                                                                                                      Nathalie Egli
                                                                                                      Ben Amor Fatma
                                                                                                      Clio Gachoud
                                                                                                      Jonathan Germain
                                                                                                      Ann-Madlen Gfeller
                                                                                                      Charlotte Glatt
                                                                                                      Stephane Grandgirard
                                                                                                      Marie Grob
                                                                                                      Andreas Gubler
                                                                                                      Axel Harari
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                                                                                                      Sebastian Hefti
                                                                                                      Lila Held
                                                                                                      Jonathan Hermann
                                                                                                      Alexander Hertel
                                                                                                      Loic Jacot- Guillarmod
                                                                                                      Aurélie Krotoff
                                                                                                      Anna Kuenzi
                                                                                                      Thaddée Lucan
                                                                                                      Aurel Martin
                                                                                                      Patrick Meier
                                                                                                      Claudio Meletto
                                                                                                      Vincent Mermod
                                                                                                      Auguste Michaud
                                                                                                      Monney Stéphanie
                                                                                                      Mikael Monteserin
                                                                                                      Mansour Noverraz
                                                                                                      Guillaume Othenin- Girard
                                                                                                      Olivier Ottevaere
                                                                                                      Isabella Maria Pasqualini
                                                                                                      Minh- Luc Pham
                                                                                                      Jakob Phillipp
                                                                                                      Edouard Philippe
                                                                                                      Daniel Pokora
                                                                                                      August Prorok
                                                                                                      Julie Riedo
                                                                                                      Katia Ritz
                                                                                                      Bertrand Sauterel
                                                                                                      Marc Schmitt
                                                                                                      Benjamin Schuetz
                                                                                                      Marion Spillmann
                                                                                                      Christopher Tan
                                                                                                      Florence Thonney
                                                                                                      Sandro Tonietti
                                                                                                      Andrès Tovar Nuez
                                                                                                      Jean-Deny Vesco
                                                                                                      Livia Wicki
                                                                                                      Martin Wyss
                                                                                                      Aurélia Yammine




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