In this post, I present the results of a first test on the application of a class of AI techniques – named Generative Models – to construct design spaces from a dataset of design precedents. The aim is showing a new approach in computational design that moves beyond problem-solving. Here AI is proposed as a tool that can support design thinking and creativity.
In computational design, the exploration of new design possibilities is limited within the bounds of predefined variables. The definition of such variables forces the designer to focus too early on the final solution rather than keep developing an initial idea. A new computational design approach based on problem-learning could help designers escape mental sets and be more creative.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking a leading role in several sectors and is expected to significantly affect the architectural practice soon. While the past generation of CAD systems extended the designer’s hand, the next generation of CAD systems will ultimately expand the designer’s mind.
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