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)

Urs Hirschberg

Contributing editor

Urs Leonhard Hirschberg is Professor for the Representation of Architecture and New Media and Head of the Institute of Architecture and Media (IAM) at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). Dean of his faculty for nine years, in 2013 he was appointed Director of the TU Graz Field of Expertise ‘Sustainable Systems’, one of five interdepartmental research fields.

Born and raised in Switzerland, he gained his architecture diploma and doctorate from ETH Zürich. Before TU Graz he served at the chair of Architecture and CAAD at ETH Zürich and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Urs has worked extensively on the potentials of creative collaboration via networks and on digital design and fabrication. He is a founding editor of GAM, the Graz Architecture Magazine. A former president of the European Association of Architectural Education, he is a founding member of the European Architectural Research Network ARENA and a Technology Editor at AJAR, the Arena Journal of Architectural Research.

Generative Methods
(with Oliver Fritz)
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(with Oliver Fritz and Sven Pfeiffer)
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