Spatial Sequences and Urban Infrastructures

Spatial Sequences and Urban Infrastructures

Graber Pulver at ETH Zurich

Here the architects Marco Graber and Thomas Pulver reflect on their design process and projects.



Title Information

Edited by Marco Graber and Thomas Pulver. Texts by Marco Graber, Thomas Pulver, Nadine Olonetzky, Andreas Ruby, Axel Simon, and Judit Solt

1st edition

, 2009

Text English and German


170 pages, 483 b/w illustrations and line drawings

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-260-5


Marco Graber (*1962) and Thomas Pulver (*1962) founded their architectural studio in Switzerland in 1992. Since then, the firm has gained international recognition and undertaken numerous projects, including the leopard pit in the Dählhölzli Animal Park in Berne, the Glarisegg boarding school in Steckborn, and the Rondo apartment house in Zürich. In Spatial Sequences and Urban Infrastructure, Marco Graber and Thomas Pulver reflect on their design process and projects and describe how they teach their approach to architectural design to students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

In this book, Graber and Pulver focus on the interaction between the practical application of architecture and its methods of instruction. Within any project, Graber and Pulver understand design as a process that includes the development of both the intellectual concept and the sensual dimension of the structure. Their unique working methods focus on the intersection of infrastructure and the demands of form, as well as the judgment of a structure that is developed by inhabiting and moving within it. Graber and Pulver also show these methods at work, using examples from student projects, accompanied by essays that investigate the students’ tasks and approaches.

Authors & Editors

Marco Graber

Nadine Olonetzky

, born 1962 in Zürich, freelance cultural publicist and editor with Scheidegger & Spiess publishers. Contributes regularly to NZZ am Sonntag and to books and catalogues on photography, art, and art history. Member of Kontrast ( in Zürich.

Thomas Pulver

Andreas Ruby

Axel Simon

, born 1966, studied architecture in Düsseldorf and Berlin and also read history and theory of architecture at ETH Zurich. He has been an editor with Hochparterre architecture and design magazine in Zürich since 2010.

Judit Solt