Träumende Maschinen und digitale Biotope

Essay by Markus Schaefer published in Digital, Metall Zug, December 2016

The Rediscovery of Time

The Baltic Atlas, the publication for the Baltic Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia features Markus Schaefer’s essay: The Rediscovery of Time.

New Swiss Urbanism: fixed and flexible factors in urban design

Essay in the context of the urban design debate in the September issue 2015 of Werk, Bauen + Wohnen by Markus Schaefer.

The next 100 Years – Scenarios for an Alpine City State

Salon Suisse 2014 curated by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer; Catalog; Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; May 2014

Glatt! From Suburb to City?

The architects collective “Krokodil” prepared a masterplan for the Glatt area in the north of Zurich published by Scheidegger & Spiess. As an additional initiative the collective organized an international summer academy. This résumé is a transcript of the final remarks after a day of reviews.

Lob der Dichte – Von Tokio Lernen

Issue nummer 4 of “Das Magazin et cetera” contains an essay by Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya “Japonisiert Euch”.

Learning from Tokyo

Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya wrote the introductory essay to issue 208 of Arch+ “Die Stadt bewohnen”.

“Standortmosaik Zürich” or The Ecology of Access

Schaefer, Markus: “’Standortmosaik Zürich’ or The Ecology of Access” in: Anthos 2/2011, June 2011

Digital Realities

Schaefer, Markus: “Digital Realities”. in: Archithese, no.4, Juli/August, 2010

Capital City

Schaefer, Markus and Celik, Matevz: “Capital City”. in: Oris-Magazine for Architecture and Culture, no 62, June 2010

Global Phenomena of Automobility

Hosoya Schaefer Architects: “Global Phenomena of Automobility”. in: transit, Band I – Triebkräfte der Architekturentwicklung, Juni 2009, p. 122-127

Šmartinska Partnership

Schaefer, Markus: “Smartinska Partnership Ljubljana”. in: Urbana Prenova, Drustvo urbanistov in prostorskih planerjev Slovenije, Ljubljana 2009, p. 103-106

Light Capital

Schaefer, Markus: “Light Capital”. in: SAM, Balkanology, New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe, 2008, p. 42-45

Sustainable Systems

Schaefer, Markus: “Sustainable Systems: An Agenda for a Science of Cities”. in: Review, Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna 2008, p. 72-85

Cross Media Architecture

Schaefer, Markus: “Cross Media Architecture” in Achammer (ed.): Corporate Architecture (Wien: TU Wien, 2008), p. 36-47

…Weil Widersprüche Oft nicht zu Vermeiden Sind

Schaefer, Markus: “Weil Widersprüche Oft nicht zu Vermeiden Sind” in Fulvio Pelli (ed.): 37 Gründe ein Liberaler zu sein, Zürich, Orell-Füssli 2007, p. 91-93

Eine Freisinnige Parabel

Schaefer, Markus: “Eine Freisinnige Parabel” in Fulvio Pelli (ed.): 37 Gründe ein Liberaler zu sein, Zürich, Orell-Füssli 2007, p. 80-83

Ljubljana: Urban Scripts for a Light Capital

Schaefer Markus, “Ljubljana: Urban Scripts for a Light Capital” in: Hunch No.10, Mediators, The Berlage Institute, Rotterdam Summer 2006, p 128-129

Light Capital: Urban Scripts for Ljubljana

The Berlage Institute Research Report No. 10. “Light Capital: Urban Scripts for Ljubljana”. (Rotterdam: Berlage Institute, 2006)

Building Hospitals – Hospital Buildings

Schaefer, Markus: “Building Hospitals – Hospital Buildings” in: Cor Wagenaar (ed.): The Architecture of Hospitals. (Rotterdam; NAI, 2006)

OMA/AMO – Architektur als Medium

Schaefer, Markus, “OMA/AMO – Architektur als Medium”, in: Archplus, Dezember 2005, p. 36-37

Designing Process

Schaefer, Markus: “Designing Process”. in: exhibition Breeding Tables: La Racolta by Kram Weisshaar held with Ingo Maurer at Spazio Krizia, Milano, April 13-17, 2005

Out of Fashion / Content by AMOMA

Schaefer, Markus and Nicolas Firket: “Out of Fashion”. in: Rem Koolhaas (ed), Content (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p.326-331

From Form to Performance

Schaefer, Markus: “From Form to Performance”. A+U, Spatial Tactics of Fashion. vol. 7, no.406 (2004) p. 112-119

Identität und Innovation

Schaefer Markus, in Alpbacher Architektur Gespräche 2004, p.136-147

Brand Zone

Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: “Brand Zone”. in: Rem Koolhaas et al. (eds), The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p.164-173


Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: “Psychogramming”. in: Rem Koolhaas et al. (eds), The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p.558-575


Schaefer, Markus: “Redemption”. in: Rem Koolhaas et al. (eds), The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p. 586-589

Tokyo Metabolism

Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: “Tokyo Metabolism”. in: Rem Koolhaas et al. (eds), The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Köln: Taschen, 2001), p.748-763

Bit Structures

Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: Bit Structures. In: Koolhaas, Rem et al. (eds): The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping. (Köln: Taschen, 2001)

Tokyo Metabolism – The Japanese Convenience Store

Hosoya, Hiromi and Schaefer, Markus: “Tokyo Metabolism – The Japanese Convenience Store”. in: Tokyo Life, London May 2001, p. 19-21



Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


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