Archaeology of the Digital
Published on the occasion of the 2013 exhibition Archaeology of the Digital, this book delves into the genesis and establishment of digital tools for design conceptualization, visualization, and production at the end of the 1980s. How was the transition from...
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Asymptote Architecture - NYSE Virtual Trading Floor
In 1997, the New York Stock Exchange commissioned Asymptote Architecture, in collaboration with the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), to design a virtual environment to visualize real-time numerical and statistical data.In this publication, Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid, founding...
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Bernard Cache, Objectile
In this publication, Bernard Cache and Greg Lynn discuss the origins of Objectile, a web-based system for generating unique decorative panels and furniture which predicted a future of customizable form on demand.In 2015, Cache’s twenty-year-old dream of industrially produced nonstandard...
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Chuck Hoberman - Expanding Sphere
This publication presents Expanding Sphere and Iris Dome, two projets by Chuck Hoberman, in their context during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Chuck Hoberman’s work focuses on the notion of transformable design: objects, structures and spaces that can change...
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Cloud 9 - Villa Nurbs
In this publication, Greg Lynn and Enric Ruiz-Geli discuss Villa Nurbs, a housing prototype located in Empuriabrava, Spain designed as a laboratory for merging computer-aided design with the construction processes. The villa’s name points to the development of the design...
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Coop Himmelb(l)au, BMW Welt
In this publication, Greg Lynn and Wolf Prix discuss Coop Himmelb(l)au’s BMW Welt, a corporate-event and car-delivery centre whose iconic form was realized with sophisticated structural analysis and visualization software. The project is located on the BMW campus in Munich,...
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François Roche - Water Flux
This publication presents François Roche’s Water Flux, a project for a geology and glaciology museum and research centre in the Swiss Alps.Water Flux, begun in 2007 but never realized, involved digital design to control an automated manufacturing process. It was...
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Frank Gehry - Lewis Residence
This publication presents the Lewis Residence, an unbuilt residential project for Peter B. Lewis in Lyndhurst, Ohio, that evolved over six years from 1989 to 1995 and in the process fundamentally altered Gehry’s architectural practice.The Lewis Residence house, landscape and...
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Karl Chu - X Phylum / Catastrophe Machine
This publication presents two projects by Karl Chu, X Phylum and the Catastrophe Machine, that both concern the architectural visualization of non-linear geometry.With X Phylum, Chu was one of the first architects to harness the power of digital technology in...
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Kas Oosterhuis, NSA Muscle
This publication presents the NSA Muscle project by ONL (Kas Oosterhuis and Ilona Lénárd) that combined commercial pneumatics and virtual control technology in new ways to prototype an interactive architecture. NSA Muscle was designed and constructed for the Non-Standard Architectures...
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KOL/MAC - O/K Apartment
This publication presents Testa & Weiser’s Carbon Tower, a prototype for a forty-storey building made almost entirely of carbon fibre. The project exploits the affinities between two technologies that were rapidly advancing during the early 2000s: scripting and fibre-reinforced composite...
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Lars Spuybroek, H2Oexpo
This digital publication presents H2Oexpo, an immersive environment designed by Lars Spuybroek that was capable of invoking water abstractly through volume, sloping ground planes, dynamic lighting, projected patterns and images, sound and other kinesthetic means.The project, located in a recreational...
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Mark Goulthorpe - HypoSurface
Greg Lynn and Mark Goulthorpe discuss HypoSurface, a computer-controlled elastic surface that responds to sounds, movement, and network commands—and suggests a future where buildings can move and react.HypoSurface began in 1998 and is still under development. Lynn and Goulthorpe consider...
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Morphosis, Hypo Alpe-Adria centre
This publication presents Morphosis’s Hypo Alpe-Adria Center, a project located in Klagenfurt, Austria, that creates a new landform in order to mediate the edge-city condition.In the 1990s, Austrian based Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank group was expanding into a major international corporation...
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Neil Denari, Interrupted Projections
This publication presents Interrupted Projections, an exhibition by Neil Denari at TOTOGALLERY・MA in Tokyo in 1996. Denari realized in built form the spatial character of his drawings and digital renderings of continuous curved surfaces, blending floor, wall, and ceiling. He...
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Ocean North - Jyväskylä Music and Arts Centre
This publication presents the Jyväskylä Music and Arts Centre, a project that uses a system of abstracted flows mapped through particle animations to generate a rich interior/exterior social landscape.Johan Bettum and Kivi Sotamaa of OCEAN North, one branch of an...
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Office d'A - Witte Arts Center
This publication presents Office dA, Witte Arts Center, an unbuilt project in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that explores the expressive and structural potential of a continuous composite brick facade.Mónica Ponce de León and Nader Tehrani of Office dA designed the Witte...
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Peter Eisenman - Biozentrum
This publication presents Peter Eisenman’s Biozentrum project, an expansion of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, from 1987.In the competition brief, the program of the complex included biotechnology, molecular biology and biochemistry research laboratories and support spaces. The design process...
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Preston Scott Cohen, Eyebeam Atelier Museum
Greg Lynn and Preston Scott Cohen discuss the Eyebeam Atelier Museum, a project for an art space in New York developed through 3D modelling to define a structure based on tensegrity.The project was developed for a competition in 2001 and...
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RUR Architecture, Kansai-kan, National Diet Library
In this publication, Greg Lynn, Jesse Reiser, and Nanako Umemoto discuss RUR’s entry to the competition for the Kansai-kan, or Kansai branch, of the National Diet Library in Kyoto, a project that pairs an automated system for storing and retrieving...
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Shoei Yoh - Sports Complex Galaxy Toyama / Odawara Gymnasium
This publication presents Sports Complex, Galaxy Toyama and Odwawara Gymnasium, two projets from the early 1990s by Japanese Architect Shoei Yoh.For these two large public gymnasium facilities, developed in the same period around 1991, Shoei Yoh paid special attention to...
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Testa/Weiser - Carbon Tower
This publication presents Testa & Weiser’s Carbon Tower, a prototype for a forty-storey building made almost entirely of carbon fibre. The project exploits the affinities between two technologies that were rapidly advancing during the early 2000s: scripting and fibre-reinforced composite...
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Ulrich Königs, Chemnitz Stadium
This publication presents the Chemnitz Stadium, a project whose visual effects and structural qualities were shaped by a transition from hand sketches to a digital 3D model.Cologne-based architects Peter Kulka and Ulrich Königs, in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond...
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UN Studio - Erasmus Bridge
This publication presents UNStudio’s Erasmus Bridge, a large-scale infrastructural project in Rotterdam that saw innovative use of digital files as tools for design and sites of communication.The City of Rotterdam commissioned UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos,...
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