Construction Designing with AI

by Kostas Burr
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3 min read
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May 29, 2024

A trivial take on generative design in architecture and urban planning might focus on futuristic-looking buildings and plazas with complex shapes. However, to truly understand its impact, it's helpful to step back and consider an analogous revolution in a different field.

In the 1980s, Microsoft Excel revolutionized financial modeling. This transformation wasn't about sheer computational power; after all, people with just paper and pen could perform remarkable calculations. The revolution lay in how we did the math. Excel enabled users to change one variable and instantly see the results. This immediate feedback loop allowed for the exploration of all sorts of new financial models that were previously unimaginable due to the cumbersome manual processes.

Generative design offers a similar breakthrough. By using algorithms, we can tweak specific parameters and instantly generate new design options. The true value here isn't about the superiority of algorithm-based design but rather the ability to quickly test and iterate ideas. This capability has profound implications for both designers and clients. Architects can explore a vast array of concepts during the conceptual design phase before committing to detailed drawings. Simultaneously, clients can actively participate in the design process from the very beginning, influencing directions of the project.

At Archid Studio, we leverage algorithms for various tasks, from architectural design to urban planning.

One of our favorite applications is in master planning.

When working on large-scale projects, generative tools prove invaluable in understanding the spatial potential of a given area. Before diving into specific designs, we can evaluate numerous volume distribution options, which enhances our strategic approach.

A deeper implication of generative design is the collaborative creation process between humans and algorithms. With the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, many have experienced the power of generative systems. These tools allow us to explore complex solutions that were previously unattainable due to their complexity and unconventional nature.

Traditionally, we perceive buildings as structures with four walls and a roof. But what if they aren't? Generative design enables the creation of structural engineering solutions and details that, while unorthodox, are functional and cost-effective.

Today, we are just beginning to understand the potential of a world shaped by the complementary union of human creativity and AI.

And the future promises to be exciting and full of innovative possibilities.

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