EM2N: City Factory
Advocating for a City of Tolerant Coexistence
Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Caspar Schärer, Medine Altiok
Park Books, 2023
Zurich-based architecture firm EM2N has been working on urban transformation processes ever since its establishment in 1997. More than half of their projects consist of conversions of existing buildings, resulting in numerous successes and few failures, small structures and large-scale complexes, quick decisions, and slow processes. What unites the designs, projects, and texts featured in this book 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 of EM2N—Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli—have maintained throughout their twenty-five years of collaboration.
The EM2N—City Factory offers a self-critical review of the founders’ achievements and a close view on their 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.