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)

Sebastian Michael


Sebastian Michael thinks, writes, and creates across disciplines in theatre, film, video, print, and online with a deepening interest in humans, the universe, and a quantum philosophy.

His stage plays range from contemporary relationship drama (The Power of Love – Southwark Playhouse) and a topical examination of religious fervour (Elder Latimer is in Love – Arcola Theatre), to the ‘apocalyptic comedy’ Top Story (The Old Vic Tunnels), and a celebration of Shakespeare’s poetry in The Sonneteer (Edinburgh Fringe).

His short films and debut feature The Hour of Living have been screened at festivals worldwide, and he has published one novel, Angel, as well as a ‘picture story book for grown-ups’, The Snowflake Collector, which originated from his experimental online project EDEN by FREI – a concept narrative in the here & now about the where, the wherefore and forever, from which the EDEN miniatures paperback and ebook series has since been released and which is due for publication in hardcover in 2021.

Sebastian is co-author of A Genius Planet (with Ludger Hovestadt and Vera Bühlmann, 2017), contributing author to A Quantum City (2015) and the writer of Your Choice – with Christopher Peterka (2019).

Sebastian is a guest lecturer at Vera Bühlmann’s chair for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at the University of Technology Vienna (TU Wien). He lives in London and works wherever his projects take him.


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