Digital Turn  

It is difficult to say where our imagination will take us and our living spaces in the years to come. The science fiction writer Jules Verne's electric submarines, helicopter and modern city with elevator equipped skyscrapers and gas powered cars were once 19th century dreams turned into reality. We should never ignore our ideas, no matter how unlikely they might seem today.

Digital Turn is a platform for those who dare to dream about how we can better imagine, create and build the spaces we live in. It talks of a fourth industrial revolution, one that blurs the boundaries of our physical and digital worlds and allows us to be more collaborative, efficient and productive in how we build.

So, who and what is leading this change? And what is the wider impact of digital possibilities on our cities and infrastructure? Make sure you visit this experimental space as today is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow’s yesterday.

Digital Turn is a public exibition held at The Building Centre, exploring digital innovations in the built environment. 

Exhibitors in the series include:

–  Prelude: Semblr (18 May - 9 June 2018)

–  First turn: Design Computation Lab  (20 June - 13 July 2018)

–  Second turn: Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE) (25 July - 10 November 2018)

–  Third turn: Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) (24 November 2018 - 26 January 2019)


Mario Carpo, Professor of Architectural History and Theory at University College London, uses the term Digital Turn in works such as 'The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012' (2012) and 'The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence' (2017).

The exhibition and programme of events is curated by the exhibitions team at The Building Centre and is supported by The Built Environment Trust. If you are interested in being part of the programme or a sponsor, then please email