Architecture Exhibitions International

Architekturmuseum der TU München

The Architecture Maschine
The Role of Computers in Architecture

Oct 14, 2020–Jan 10, 2021
Mastergeometrie des BMV Pavillons von Bernhard Franken, 1991-2001 © Bernhard Franken für ABB Architekten

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?