Software Timelines: New Research into the Origins of Today's Architectural Software Culture
Teresa Fankhänel, Technische Universität München
Introduced by Prof. Daniel Cardoso Llach
Research into the history and theory of architectural software applications is still in its infancy. In 2020-2021, the Architecture Museum in Munich, Germany, held a large-scale exhibition on the history of born-digital architecture called “The Architecture Machine. The Role of Computers in Architecture,” which was the first project to include a documentation of the historical genealogy of architectural software. Now, a new research project examines the use of software applications for architectural design and presentation purposes along six main categories: drawing, modeling, rendering, animation, analysis and scripting, and looking at the backstories of individual software, questions of user interface design and targeted user groups as well as significant individual case studies or applications of architectural software.