Keynote 4

Friday, October 25th, 18:00

Atlas of Digital Architecture

Panel discussion about the forthcoming book

Atlas of Digital Architecture
Ludger Hovestadt, Urs Hirschberg, Oliver Fritz (Editors)
with Sebastian Michael

Sebastian Michael, writer, London (ETH Zürich)
Oliver Fritz, HTWG Konstanz
Ludger Hovestadt, ETH Zürich (in China, via skype)
Urs Hirschberg, TU Graz (moderator)

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 writer Sebastian Michael who assembles it into an array of engaging, episodic chapters.

Structured into six parts, the Atlas offers students an orientation to the myriad ways in which computers are used in architecture today, such as: 3D Modelling and CAD; Rendering and Visualisation; Scripting, 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.