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Architectural AI: urban artificial intelligence in architecture and design

Architectural AI: urban artificial intelligence in architecture and design

Pisu, Davide and Carta, Silvio ORCID: 0000-0002-7586-3121 (2023) Architectural AI: urban artificial intelligence in architecture and design. In: Cugurullo, Federico, Caprotti, Federico, Matthew, Cook, Andrew, Karvonen, Pauline, McGuirk and Simon, Marvin, (eds.) Artificial Intelligence and the City Urbanistic Perspectives on AI. Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-1003365877; 978-1032431475; 1032431474 (doi:

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This chapter investigates the impact of artificial intelligence on contemporary cities through the lens of architectural and urban design. It explores design computing approaches where computers characterise the production and management of design. These include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) as a subset of AI, and, in general terms, generative approaches to urban design where AI components are employed to create spatial configurations. We look at these systems as invisible forces that have significant consequences for both the built environment and people living in cities, providing examples and considerations of how intelligent systems and designers are reshaping cities today through a new form of agency. We present two intentionally polarised paradigms that underpin the idea of authorship in the design process and the extent to which designers (or machines) are in control of the design process and final outcomes. These are the digital demiurge, where designers have full control of their project and, contra, the black box, where AI determines the final design outcome in an opaque and often inscrutable way.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: built environment; geography; urban Studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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