Frankfurt Biocentrum, 1987. Reprographic copy with ink, graphite, and coloured pencil, 21.7 x 28 cm. DR1999:0573:001, Peter Eisenman fonds; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal © CCA.
The publication Archaeology of the Digital examines the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s. Complemented by an exhibition in the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and edited by Greg Lynn, architect and newly-appointed curator of digital collections at the CCA, the book is conceived as an object-based investigation of four projects: the Lewis Residence by Frank Gehry (1985–95), Peter Eisenman's Frankfurt Biocentrum (1987), Shoei Yoh Hamura's Odawara Gymnasium (1991) and Chuck Hoberman's Expanding Sphere (1992). Each project established a significant direction for architectural research by experimenting with the possibilities offered by novel digital tools. Copublished by the CCA and Sternberg Press, the illustrated volume includes an introduction by Greg Lynn, conversations with Gehry, Eisenman, Hobermann, and Shoei Yoh, and a series of contextual annotations to the material provided by numerous project collaborators. The publication appears in English and French, both in print and as an e-book.
Greg Lynn is an architect based in Venice, California. He trained in architecture and philosophy and holds a graduate degree in architecture from Princeton University. The buildings, projects, publications, teachings, and writings associated with his studio, Greg Lynn FORM, have been influential in forwarding the use of advanced materials and technologies for design and fabrication. Lynn has collaborated with such companies as BMW, Boeing, Disney, and Imaginary Forces, and his work is in the permanent collections of design and architecture museums including the CCA, SFMoMA, the MCA Chicago, and MoMA. He was named one of the Top 100 Most Innovative People in the Twenty-First Century by Time magazine in 2001, received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003, was listed among the Ten Most Influential Living Architects by Forbes magazine in 2005, and won the Golden Lion at the 11th International Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.
Albert Ferré is director of Publications at the CCA. Since 1989, he has explored the role of publishing as a form of cultural and architectural practice through editorial positions at the Catalan Association of Architects (COAC), the Prince Claus Fund, and with Actar, where he directed the architecture program and edited numerous publications including the Verb Boogazine series. He has complemented this editorial activity with a curatorial practice focusing primarily on the dissemination of contemporary Catalan architecture. He studied architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and was a visiting student at the Städelschule Frankfurt.
Elsa Lam is editor of Canadian Architect and formerly a curatorial coordinator at the CCA. She holds a BS in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, an MA in architectural history from McGill University, and a PhD in architectural history from Columbia University. Lam curated Build in Uncertainty: Unpacking the Shadrach Wood Archive at the Arthur Ross Gallery at Columbia University (2007) and coordinated the show Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi– Álvaro Siza at Work at the CCA (2012). She has published in magazines including Archis, Canadian Architect, SSAC Journal, and Azure.
Émilie Retailleau is a curatorial coordinator at the CCA. She holds an MA in art history and critics from Université Rennes 2 and an MA in communication from Université de Nantes. She worked on (Architecture in Uniform (CCA, 2011), on ABC:MTL (CCA, 2012). She was formely writer, editor, and public facilitator at Fonds régional d'Art Contemporain du Centre (France).
The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice and role in society today.