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)

Petra von Both


Petra von Both is Full Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, and Head of the Department of Building Lifecycle Management, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Born and raised in Germany, she studied computer sciences and architecture and gained her doctorate from the University of Karlsruhe in the field of integral planning. Before her professorship at KIT she was head of corporate strategic development at Nemetschek AG, responsible for product development strategies and research in the field of collaboration, groupware, and BIM.

At KIT, Petra is working on methods and IT-based tools for integral planning. Research focuses on the implementation of technical and methodical integration approaches, for example IFC-based BIM interfaces to energy simulations or lifecycle assessment tools.

Petra is a member of numerous committees in the field of BIM, city modelling, and digitalisation and has worked as consultant for the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) in the area of BIM. She is the spokeswoman of the buildingSMART regional group Upper Rhine and the buildingSMART specialist group BIM and Sustainability.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)
(with Jakob Beetz, André Borrmann, Frank Petzold, and Odilo Schoch)
P. 507

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