Utopia Computer. The “New” in Architecture?

Editor: Nathalie Bredella, Chris Dähne, Frederike Lausch

Size: 325 pages
Format: 14,8 x 21,0 cm
Publishing year: 2023
ISBN 978-3-7983-3270-6

The critical concern of the book “Utopia Computer” is the euphoria, expectation and hope inspired by the introduction of computers within architecture in the early digital age. With the advent of the personal computer and the launch of the Internet in the 1990s, utopian ideals found in architectural discourse from the 1960s were revisited and adjusted to the specific characteristics of digital media. Taking the 1990s discourse on computation as a starting point, the contributions of this book grapple with the utopian promises associated with topics such as participation, self-organization, and non-standard architecture. By placing these topics in a historical framework, the book offers perspectives for the future role computation might play within architecture and society.