Touch Wood – „2050 – A Radical Utopia“

Contribution by Markus Schaefer about wood as a building material of the 21st century.

HYBRID FACTORY / HYBRID CITY – Fabrik SG – Co-design, Co-work, Co-own

Contribution of Markus Schaefer about the codeveloped project “Fabrik SG – Co-design, Co-work, Co-own”

Neom – „The Line“

Markus Schaefer’s comment on Neom – „The Line“ was published in Forbes 7-2022.

Inside Out – Zum Produktiven Stadtquartier Winnenden

The Essay “Inside Out – Zum Produktiven Stadtquartier Winnenden” by Markus Schaefer was published in ARCH+  Nr.48 2022.

Deep Urbanism

Excerpt published in the Strelka Magazine “Switzerland – Deep Urbanism for an Age of Disruption” published by Strelka Press.

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



Morgentalquartier, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Program: Housing
Current state: Phase 51 and 52, under construction

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Program: Transformation of historical building
Current state: Phases 51 and 52, under construction

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Program: Station square, station roof, bus roof
Current state: Phase 41, under construction (partially)

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Program: Culture, Restaurant, Housing, Retail
Current state: Phase 31, preliminary design

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Clug, Wilhelmsburg (D), 2020 –
Program: Clubhouse, boat hall
Current state: Execution Pla

House A, Geneva, 2021 –
Program: Residential house
Current state: Renovation, ongoing

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Program: School
Current state: ongoing

Herriberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Program: Retail, housing, bus yard
Current state: framework plan

Airport Engadin, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: construction project

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender

Fabrik.sg, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

Boulevard, ETHZ Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Program: Campus Boulevard redesign (with Studio Vulkan)
Current state: ongoing

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Program: Housing
Current state: on hold

Urban Design

Bahnhof Romanshorn, 2022 –
Current state: study (with Sudio Vulkan)

Kaserne Aarau, 2022 –
Current state: urban framework

Areale Wittenbach, 2022 –
Current state: urban design commission

Stiftungsareal Neumünster, 2022 –
Current state: study

Kieler Schloss, 2022 –
Current state: Public think tank on usage and architecture

Campus Heidelberg, 2021 –
Current state: Masterplan process, in-depth studies

Otterbach Süd, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: project support

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Areal Neugasse Zürich, 2016 –
Current state: completion of master plan, public consultation

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: project support

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: project support

Urban System Research

Metaverse, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

Entwicklungskonzept Würzenbach, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

ESP Hochdorf, 2021 –
Current state: spatial-urban as well as use- and circular-based development concept

Deep Urbanism, 2021 –
Current state: ongoing

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing


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