The best of both worlds

The latent value of design thinking in architecture

Kane Borg, former architect at AP, and currently PhD researcher at the Aalto University, Finland, took the stage at one of our weekly Friday Reviews, addressing how AI and Machine learning are currently changing the paradigms of the practice. In particular, he spoke about computational design that gives us the capability to rationalize design parametrically, and generative AI methods that allow for the generation of the model itself, by learning and collating past projects. However, there is a flip side: while AI provides novel solutions, it does not necessarily add to or leverage the knowledge designers already possess. As Kane said, “the next step now is to develop a framework which can get the best of both worlds: aggregation of formal knowledge where processes are understood and AI dealing with black box ideas that we cannot rationalize”.

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