domesticating symbols looks at the entropic dissolution of symbolic structures we are experiencing today and explores various approaches towards learning to create code. Photovoltaics and its capacity to capture energy by coding instead of exploitation of resources, and of integrating in additional or surplus quantities of energy into the ecosphere of the planet‘s natural balance is the central focus of this publication. Energythereby also encompasses the genuinely abstract format of electricity, which makes it possible to convert any form of energy into any other form. This is the second volume of the Applied Virtuality book series based on the Metalithicum Conferences by the Laboratory of Applied Virtuality at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
About the Author
Ludger Hovestadt was born in 1960 in Gelsenkirchen (Ger) and studied architecture at the RWTH in Aachen (D) and at the HfG in Vienna (Aut) under Professor W. Holzbauer. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he worked as a scientific researcher with Professor F. Haller and Prof. N. Kohler at the Technical University Karlsruhe (D) and received his doctorate there in 1994. Between 1997 and 2000, Dr. Hovestadt was a visiting professor for the CAAD department at the University of Kaiserslautern (D). He has expertise in various disciplines (Architecture, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mathematics, Cognition Psychology) and has carried out research and development in the areas of CAD, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Virtual Reality, Computer Supported Co-operative Work and Intelligent Building. In 1998, he co-founded Digitales Bauen, a company which focuses on Internet based building documentation, building programming, computer supported individualised building component production, and the integration of building automation, facility management and eCommerce. Vera Bühlmann holds a MA in Literature and Language Studies and a PhD in media philosophy. She is head of the laboratory for applied virtuality (since 2010) at CAAD ETH Zurich. She has worked in the fields of media culture and design for several years and in different contexts before.