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Atlas of Digital Architecture: Terminology, Concepts, Methods, Tools, Examples, Phenomena
Sebastian Michael; edited by Ludger Hovestadt, Urs Hirschberg, Oliver Fritz
Birkhäuser, October 2020
Paperback | 8-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches | 760 pages | 750 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3035619898 | $68.99
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.
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. Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD at the chair of Digital Architectonics, Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zürich. 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). Oliver Fritz is Professor for Digital Media and Architectural Representation at HTWG Konstanz University of Applied Sciences.
Although the ambitious Atlas does not resemble a traditional atlas, it is not structured like a dictionary or encyclopedia either. With 760 large-format pages and almost as many illustrations, the book is clearly a reference rather than something to be read cover to cover. So how to read it? A chapter gallery starts the book, giving users a visual means of mentally structuring the book’s six sections and two-dozen contributions. Architects or students interested in 3d modeling, for instance, can easily find the parts of the book with relevant content, while those who want to learn about code — and learn a little coding in the process — can see where to go. With most contributions around twenty pages long, the best way to tackle the book is to find a subject-essay of interest and digest it in its entirety.
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.