Edited by Mark Burry
Routledge – 2014 – 1,600 pages
‘Digital architecture’ is a relatively recent critical concept and encompasses all aspects of the discipline of architecture engaging with computation. It has evolved into a domain in its own right, as it were, rather than always being present from the first time architects ceded slide rule use in favour of electronically assisted computation. As this major collection reveals, we have witnessed growth of a creative digital influence across all of architecture’s subdisciplines and few can deny that there is now a maturity in the conversation which had been previously quite elusive. As a major work of collected critical insights Digital Architecture therefore compiles the key texts that will be as useful to the initiate as to the experienced professional, as relevant to the academician as to the practitioner and as revealing to the sceptic as they will be to the digitally converted. It does not promote any particular stream of innovation nor establish any particular cultural agenda.
The focus of the collection is the contemporary period extending from the late 1980s to the present day contextualised through the inclusion of key texts from the earlier pioneers, ordered into six sections. Each section is arranged in chronological order except where thematic clustering helps consolidate the material more usefully for the reader.
A review of the best material that has brought us to an emerging digital design maturity, fully indexed, this will be a very valuable reference for all.
Part 1: Information and Data Management Part 2: Digital Representation Part 3: Computer Science's Philosophical Contributions to the Culture of Architecture Part 4: Design Computation and Computer Programming Part 5: Novel Architectural Design Part 6: Digital Architecture as Trandisciplinary Bridge Builder
Mark Burry is Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) and Director of Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
SIAL has been established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. The laboratory focuses on collocated design research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with associated advanced computer applications and the rapid prototyping of ideas. The laboratory has a design-practice emphasis and acts as a creative think-tank accessible to both local and international practices, including ARUP in Melbourne, Sydney and London, dECOi in MIT, and Gehry Partners in Los Angeles.
Professor Burry is also the Founding Director of RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI) which fosters new knowledge and innovative practice, products and environments through trans-disciplinary design research, with a focus on design research as a ‘solution finder’ to real current and future challenges.