Master geometry of the BMW Pavillions by Bernhard Franken, 1991-2001
© Bernhard Franken for ABB Architekten

The Architecture MachineJuly 16 – October 11, 2020 | Opening: July 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

The Role of Computers in Architecture

Computers have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Whether in the office, at the cash register in the supermarket, or in the living room—bits and bytes are now part of almost all technical devices. Today, computers are also the norm in architectural practices, aiding the design as well as the visualization of new projects. They have become “architecture machines.” For the first time in the German-speaking world, the exhibition takes a comprehensive look at digital development in architecture. From its beginnings in the 1950s and 1960s to the present day, the architecture museum tells this exciting story in four chapters and presents the computer as a drawing machine, a design tool, a storytelling medium, and an interactive communication platform. The fundamental question behind it is simple: has the computer changed architecture, and if so, how?

Curator | Teresa Fankhänel