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)

Bob Martens


Bob Martens is Professor for Spatial Simulation and (Computer Aided) Architectural Design at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Next to a significant focus on design studio teaching, he has been responsible for the establishment of a full-scale experimental laboratory. Since 2005 he has also been acting as (vice-) dean for continuing education at TU Wien.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, he gained his building science diploma from TU Eindhoven and his doctoral degree from TU Wien. In addition a venia docendi was awarded in 1994. Before TU Wien he was affiliated to TU Eindhoven and acted as guest professor at TU Graz.

Bob has a wide range of experience in the area of simulation and conducts research activities in the field of virtual reconstruction (predominantly of destroyed Viennese synagogues). Together with Ziga Turk he initiated the Cumulative Index on CAD (CumInCAD) in 1998. Within the eCAADe-association he is acting as council member, following his presidency from 1997 to 2001.

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