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Algorithmic Architecture: Using A.I. to Design Buildings


Architecture designed and built in 1921 won't look the same as a building from 1971 or from 2021. Trends change, materials evolve, and issues like sustainability gain importance, among other factors. But what if this evolution wasn't just about the types of buildings architects design, but was, in fact, key to how they design? While designers have long since used tools like Computer Aided Design (CAD) to help conceptualize projects, proponents of generative design want to go several steps further. They want to use algorithms that mimic evolutionary processes inside a computer to help design buildings from the ground up.

Gorgeous New Book Preaches the Gospel of Brutalist Architecture


Before This Brutal World ( 50) was an art book from Phaidon, it was a Twitter account. Its progenitor, an art director from London named Peter Chadwick, says he wanted to share the images with anyone who might be interested. It has since amassed tens of thousands of followers, and jump started a sort of digital preservation society committed to liking, retweeting, and sharing photos of a style of architecture that, for parts of history, was despised. Brutalism gets its name from the French term béton brut, which means "raw concrete." The style came out of the modernist architecture movement, and took off in the 1950s, during the post-war construction boom.

Tackling climate change with machine learning [part 3] - Buildings & Cities


On 10th of June, 2019, twenty-two AI researchers, including Andrew Ng and Yoshua Bengio, published a paper on how to tackle climate change with machine learning. I really enjoyed reading it and I am convinced that the paper as well as the For that reason i created a series of blog posts and videos which provide a dense summary, listing many of the proposed solutions and linking research work as well as ongoing projects. In the big picture, all solutions aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As my contribution to the global #ClimateStrike week from September 20th to 27th, i will post one chapter (video and blog post) on every working day.

The mystery of Star Wars and Tunisia's rundown Brutalist hotel

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The Hotel du Lac has seen better days. Its distinctive shape, resembling an inverted pyramid or a bird in flight, has been making a statement on the Tunis skyline since the early 1970s. It stood once for the ambition and poise of Tunisia, a young nation emerging from colonial rule and stretching its wings. Today it stands abandoned, prey to the elements after years of neglect, its fate hanging in the balance. Demolition is a likely option.

Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk unveil "first production chair designed with artificial intelligence"


This captioned video produced by Dezeen for Autodesk reveals Philippe Starck's A.I. chair for Kartell, which the software company claims is the first chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production. Launched at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair during Milan design week 2019, the chair was designed by Starck using prototype generative design software developed by Autodesk. "This is the first chair in production created by artificial intelligence in collaboration with human beings," said the software company. Starck used Autodesk's prototype software to create a strong, stable chair using minimal material, via a process that he described as "a lot like having a conversation". "Kartell, Autodesk and I asked the artificial intelligence a question: do you know how we can rest our bodies using the least amount of material?"