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)

Hans Sachs


Hans Sachs is Professor for Computer Aided Architectural Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ostwestfalen-Lippe. He is director of the specialisation on Computational Design which is part of the international and interdisciplinary Master programme of Integrated Design. He is also an active member of the university’s interdisciplinary research groups, the Construction Lab, and the Perception Lab and co-leads the strategy unit for Digital Building and Construction.

Hans is co-founder of the Responsive Design Studio, and between 2008 and 2014 he was teaching and research assistant at the former Institute of Industrial Building Production (ifib) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the former Cologne Institute for Architectural Design (CIAD) at the Technical University Cologne. His temporary teaching activities at TH Cologne (KISD), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich, FH Düsseldorf (PBSA), as well as his expert consultancy and independently developed projects in the context of art, design, and architecture focus strongly on generative design and digital fabrication.

Model Making
(with Milena Stavric)
P. 421

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