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)

Peter Zeile


Peter Zeile is Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator of the Department of Neighbourhood Planning, Faculty of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Among other things, he heads arch.lab, the platform for research in teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, and the Urban Emotions Initiative.

Born and raised in Germany, Peter obtained his diploma in spatial and environmental planning at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, where he also completed his PhD on the topic of Real-Time Planning.

Peter’s professional passion is urban sensing and geodata processing, visualisation, and simulation of complex projects in urban design, as well as geoweb and mobile solutions for spatial planning. He is editor of conference proceedings (RealCORP) as well as for journals such as Urban Planning and gis.Science, and reviewer for various publications, including International Journal of Geo-Information, JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Space and Culture, and Environment and Planning B. He is a member of SRL (Society of Urban and Regional Planners) and national delegate of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners).

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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