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 analog practices to new digital tools managed, and the dialogue between them exploited? What was the cultural and technological landscape at that time?
The publication is made up of two volumes bound together under one cover. One volume contains an oral history built through a series of conversations between Greg Lynn, the four architects, and seven key collaborators of the featured projects; the other volume is a compilation of project materials organized in chronological order that includes 270 documents – from handwritten computer code to structural prototypes.
Edited by Greg Lynn
Interviews with Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Benjamin Gianni, Chuck Hoberman, Kenshi Oda, Bill Record, Naomi Shibata, Rick Smith, Tensho Takemori, Joe Tanney, Chris Yessios, and Shoei Yoh
Foreword by Mirko Zardini
Graphic design by Katja Gretzinger
Published in French as Archéologie du numérique
Co-published with Sternberg Press
Softcover, 400 pages