Digital technology and architecture have become inseparable, with new approaches and methodologies not just affecting the workflows and practice of architects, but shaping the very character of architecture.

In this compendious work, two dozen university professors and lecturers share their vast range of expertise with a professional writer who assembles this into an array of engaging, episodic chapters.

Structured into six parts, the Atlas offers an orientation to the myriad ways in which computers are used in architecture today, such as: 3D Modelling and CAD; Rendering and Visualisation; Scripting, Typography, Text & Code; Digital Manufacturing and Model Making; GIS, BIM, Simulation, and Big Data & Machine Learning, to name but these.

Throughout, the Atlas provides both a historical perspective and a conceptual outlook to convey a sense of continuity between past, present, and future; and going beyond the confines of the traditional textbook, it also postulates a theoretical framework for architecture in the 21st century.

The Atlas of Digital Architecture then understands itself as an invitation to the rich feast of possibilities and professional profiles that digital technology puts on the table today, and hopes to whet the reader’s appetite for exploring and sampling their great potential.

Contributing Editors:
Ludger Hovestadt, Urs Hirschberg, Oliver Fritz

Diana Alvarez-Marin, Jakob Beetz, André Borrmann, Petra von Both, Harald Gatermann, Marco Hemmerling, Ursula Kirschner, Reinhard König, Dominik Lengyel, Bob Martens, Frank Petzold, Sven Pfeiffer, Miro Roman, Kay Römer, Hans Sachs, Philipp Schaerer, Sven Schneider, Odilo Schoch, Milena Stavric, Peter Zeile, Nikolaus Zieske

Sebastian Michael

Design and Layout:
Onlab (Vanja Golubovic, Matthieu Huegi, Thibaud Tissot)

André Borrmann


André Borrmann is Full Professor for Computational Modeling and Simulation at the Technical University of Munich. His research interests cover the fields of Building Information Modelling (BIM), geometric design and analysis, design automation, construction process simulation, and pedestrian dynamics.

André is actively promoting the construction industry’s shift towards the adoption of advanced digital technology and acts as advisor for the German government concerning the broad introduction of Building Information Modelling in public construction projects. Related to this, he is pushing forward the international standardisation activities of buildingSMART, in particular in the infrastructure domain. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and won several awards, among them the Best Paper Awards of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in 2009, the European Conference on Product and Process Modeling (ECPPM) in 2010, and the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE) in 2014. André acts as Chair of the German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering (GACCE) and is Speaker of the TUM Center of Digital Methods for the Built Environment.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)
(with Jakob Beetz, Petra von Both, Frank Petzold, and Odilo Schoch)
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