Digital Utopia


Information and communication technologies now permeate our entire lives - even the architecture. At the same time, a range of issues is being considered far too seldom, although it is of lasting influence: developments in the area of building automation and communication technology. Buildings are increasingly becoming adaptive systems that adjust to the behaviour of users and the environment. What creative potentials are combined with the new technologies? Do adaptive buildings look different and how can they change in the future? One of the tasks ahead for architects could be not only in designing more energy efficient buildings, because they are more adaptable, but also in developing a new “digital sensuality“ in architecture, which extends beyond the mere simulation of the analogue world.

“Digital Utopia“ is not a classical architecture textbook, but considers the issues beyond disciplinary boundaries. Project descriptions are supplemented with challenging interviews and essays by and with architects, designers, futurologists, engineers, and artists. The individual elements in this book build upon existing technologies and consider them further. They combine fiction and the search for a truly workable solution. They open a space of possibilities for the design of our future world.

With contributions from Adaptive Building Initiative, Thomas Auer (Transsolar), Philip Beesley, Luis Berríos-Negrón, CITA, Cloud 9, Carole Collet, Design Research Lab, Dunne & Raby, Franziska Eidner, Usman Haque, Florian Heilmeyer, Nadin Heinich, Gesche Joost, Stephen Kovats, Aurélie Mossé, Philippe Rahm, Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, realities:united, Karlheinz Steinmüller.

The publication is accompanied by a series of events in various cities in Germany.

On dynamic architectures, digital sensuality, and spaces of tomorrow

edited by Nadin Heinich

published by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2012

184 pages, two-colour printing, german-english
ISBN 978-3-88331-176-0

Supported by a fellowship of the Junge Akademie (Young Academy of the Academy of the Arts) Berlin and: