Alexis Kalagas is an urban strategist and writer. Previously a foreign policy advisor, and editor of a Geneva-based media start-up, he spent four years at the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank, working on housing and inclusive urban development projects in Europe, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, he was awarded a Richard Rogers Fellowship by the Harvard GSD.
Born in the 1960s, discothéques were early incubators of experimentation in design, new media and ways of living. From fashion trends to regulations around noise, alcohol and propriety, what resonates above all is how nightlife shapes wider urban life. Alexis Kalagas charts a wonderful and colourful history of nightclubbing.
Alexis Kalagas surveys the ebbs and flows of Zurich's co-operative housing movement. From the seminal Kraftwerk1 development in the early 2000s, via Mehr als Wohnen ('more than living') project, to Kalkbreite, completed just three years ago – what can we glean from Switzerland's extended experimentation with the co-operative model?