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)

Diana Alvarez-Marin


Diana is architect and researcher at the chair of Digital Architectonics. She is a co-author of the book “A Quantum City, Mastering the Generic” around which she pursues her PhD “Atlas of Indexical Cities: Articulating Personal City Models On Generic Infrastructural Ground”. Her research explores the role of the observer in the constitution of personal city models, under the light of abundance of information and computer literacy.

Diana graduated with honours from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille, France. For several years she collaborated with O.M.A. in Rotterdam and group8 in Geneva. She attended the MAS program in CAAD at ETH Zürich from 2011–2012. From 2013–2016 she was visiting researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.

She has taught several courses for architecture students around her research on cities: “A Quantum City: Mastering the Generic” and “Indexical Cities: Articulating your own city of Indexes”. She loves writing and thinking in both natural and programming languages.

Being A “Brand”
(With Miro Roman)
P. 593

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