Architects for innovative research

Based on complex computer programmes capable of simulating human intelligence traits, such as reasoning and learning, in the coming years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to become a game-changer in many economic sectors, including the construction and building sectors. In the field of architecture - a discipline at the crossroads of the arts, technology, economics and social issues, Artificial Intelligence holds as much promise as it does fear. For some, it will offer architects the means to explore new aesthetic frontiers, to work on architectural forms that were previously impossible to achieve, to push further simulations and combinations of scenarios. For others, it entails/ bears/ heralds a risk that the profession may disappear or be downgraded by machines capable of producing plans autonomously. 

To demonstrate and promote the new trends on architects’ attitude, ACE  has organised an open call for everybody engaged in order to select best proposals for research. Besides, the ACE will also publish a shortlist of the 20 best submissions that will offer an overlook on current AI architecture scene.

The intention is to provide a deep look at current practice involving digital technology from various angles and open the discussion on the next developments, threads and opportunities. Outcomes from programme shall serve as a material for deeper study and tool for communication with legislators and other engaged stakeholders.

Ouctome of the call
ACE received 17 applications with:
- A brief description of the research objective 
- An existing case-study project 
- Additional information

ACE Jury was composed of:
Diego Zoppi- ACE EB Member
Pavel Martinek- Chair of the ACE Practice Committee
Ursula Faix -Chair of the ACE Women in Architecture task-force and member of the Practice Committee
Peter Hyttel Sørensen-  member of the Practice Committee
External expert: Gry Hasselbalch 
Coordinator– Julie Deutchmann

Selection criteria
Three participants were selected based on the following criteria:
- Reasonability of the study in terms of discovering new frontiers ;
- Meeting ACE objectives ;
- Originality ;
- Applicability in practice.

Selected projects
- Research project by Linda Buondonno - 'Neural correlates of object and spatial visual cognitive styles. Psychological and electroencephalographic assessment’ 
- Research project by UrbanistAI - 'A participatory planning program for the youth’
- Research project by Jiri Vítek - 'AI Successive Palimpsest Masterplan'  

Download the jury's protocole.
Download the call.
Download the annexes - ACE objectives.
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