Unleashing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence in Architecture and Development of the Built Environment: from Misconceptions to Productive Prospects by Michal Šourek
Artificial intelligence invades our lives and professions at an ever-increasing pace and intensity. Architecture, the built environment, and real estate have been joining the trend only timidly and belatedly. The record of some of the most recent "famous achievements" in the field set straight, the paper challenges the state-of-the-art concerning these fields, debunks the idea of the (truly) creative potential of the technology, and puts forward a sketch roadmap to a realistic - and significant - deployment of artificial intelligence in architecture and the built environment. The attention turns to open-source patterns-platforms, generative patterns processing, generative pre-design, parametric evaluation, and optimization. Leveraging the objectivity of assessments and streamlining workflows, artificial intelligence promises to unleash true architectural creativity and leverage the productivity and efficiency of the design- and planning processes. Finally, a chance for architecture to come back from the sidelines to the position needed to provide society with what it lacks in terms of quality of life, social- and cultural values, sustainable development, and comprehensive resilience as well as to heal the profession renders. Among other new technologies, artificial intelligence can play an outstanding role in this regard if understood, grasped, and developed adequately by architects, real estate developers and agents, and IT developers hand closely in hand.
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