Atlas of Digital Architecture
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.
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
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Onlab (Vanja Golubovic, Matthieu Huegi, Thibaud Tissot)
Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD at the chair of Digital Architectonics, Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zürich.
Between 1997 and 2000 he was a visiting professor at the Department of CAAD at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2000, he was appointed full professor at the Department of Architecture at ETH. Since 2018 he has been a visiting professor at Southeast University in -Nanjing, China.
Ludger studied architecture at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he started his academic career at TU Karlsruhe with Prof Fritz Haller for whom he worked as a scientific researcher for over ten years. Under his supervision Ludger completed his doctorate at TU Karlsruhe and Carnegie Mellon in 1994, expanding Haller’s school of thought of minimalist-functional mannerism into the digital domain, thereby laying the foundations for digital architectonics. He is founder of several companies in the fields of digital fabrication, smart buildings, and the digitalisation of our energy grids. Since 2009 his focus has shifted towards basic research on architecture and information. His most important publications are: Beyond the Grid – Architecture and Information Technology (2009), Printed Physics – Metalithicum Series Vol. 1 (2012), SHEAVES – When Things Are Whatever Can Be the Case (2013), EigenArchitecture – Computability as Literacy (2014), and A Quantum City – Mastering the Generic (2015).
Graphs & Graphics
Writing & Code
Big Data & Machine Learning
Privacy & Security
In Conclusion – What Is Information?
Links & References