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Hallucinations: Urban Space in the Age of A.I. ︎ Degree Project Studio



ARCH 492
Spring 2020 ︎

Los Angeles


Instructors
Ewan Branda
Cody Miner






Work by B.Arch Student: Ka Kit Chiu



Today’s intelligent algorithms are sometimes called “intuition machines.” Deep Learning, for example, simulates human creative thought by compiling experience from data and then, as AI researchers put it, “hallucinating” new possible realities. The parallels to design are obvious, since all design authorship can be seen as the intuitive production of plausible yet fictitious realities through the fabrication of controlled hallucinations. This course examined the changing nature of design authorship in the age of intelligent algorithms. While deep fakes, image recognition, and other machine learning techniques have become commonplace in popular culture and their techniques have become easier to use, the precise way in which they will affect architectural design remains in question.





Work by B.Arch students Aarti Patel, Anahit Antanyan, Hosam Fatani, Kenia Roman Cortez, Kevin Guerrero, William Garcia




Work by B.Arch students Anahit Antanyan, Edgar Cabadas, Esra Kilickan, Ka Kit Chiu, Kenia Roman Cortez, Kimberly Perez, Melissa Ramirez



This course investigated possible answers through the problem of urban morphology – the study of the ways in which large-scale building form determines our experience of the city. In particular, we looked at the 1970s and 80s work of Rob Krier and other neo-rationalists, whose work establishes a close dependency between large-scale morphology and subjective spatial perception. Our working hypothesis asserts that machine learning negates the age-old dichotomy between the rational and the empirical, or the diagram and the picture. Students explored this hypothesis using housing as the primary program. In addition to housing and associated amenities, students also worked with a secondary program of your choosing that addresses the problem of storage.





Work by B.Arch Student Storm Campo




Work by B.Arch Student Kenia Roman Cortez



Work by B.Arch Student Kevin Guerrero




Catalog Description


Through a rigorous level of clearly resolved work, students must demonstrate the application of theoretical research and positioning, plus the ability to integrate site, program, and other design issues in a self-initiated architectural design project incorporating a high degree of critical thinking, skill, and craft.