When Is the Digital in Architecture?

Book Launch and Talk
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Spike is pleased to host the presentation of

"When Is the Digital in Architecture?"
published by CCA and Sternberg Press

THURSDAY, 15 JUNE 2017, 7pm
Spike Berlin, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45

When is the digital in architecture? What are the conditions that led architects to integrate digital tools into their practices? Over the course of the Archaeology of the Digital research program, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has collected the archival records of twenty-five projects realized between the late 1980s and the early 2000s in order to understand this moment as a point of origin for the digital. But if we take care to identify the digital as a condition that is made possible by the conceptual foundations of digital media and not necessarily by digital media itself, the boundaries of the digital moment—when it began and under what circumstances—become less clear. There are eight million stories of the origins of the digital in architecture, and this book brings together fourteen of them in a chronology of responses to the question of when the digital is in architecture. The arguments address specific changes in ways of thinking about architecture, building, and cities, as well as the shifts in technology that resulted from these changes, marking both a capstone to Archaeology of the Digital and the beginning of an investigation of other beginnings of the digital in architecture.

With contributions by Stan Allen, Phil Bernstein, Nathalie Bredella, Mario Carpo, Wolfgang Ernst, Marco Frascari, Peter Galison, Orit Halpern, Greg Lynn, Antoine Picon, Molly Wright Steenson, Bernard Tschumi, Mark Wigley, Andrew Witt.

The discussion will feature Nathalie Bredella (Visiting Professor of Architectural History, UdK Berlin) and Wolfgang Ernst (Professor of Media Theories, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) as well as Albert Ferré (CCA Associate Director, Publications) and Andrew Goodhouse (Editor, CCA Publications).

This publication received the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

For more information visit CCA and Sternberg Press


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