• Shaun Lewis


With self-driving cars becoming commonplace all over the world and your phone becoming your personal assistant, AI has reached a point of mainstream adoption. AI has become synonymous with taking away mundane tasks from people’s lives, often to great success. We’ve seen AI infiltrate the manufacturing and other industrial industries, and we’re left to wonder when is Architecture’s turn to get the AI treatment?

AI has been used in a manner of ways in the architectural and design industry and is already showing remarkable results. These early results are impressive, but should we start putting down the tools and running for the hills? The situation is not quite that dire and in this week’s edition of the Liquid Mesh Design Blog, we’re happy to share a few innovations in the space.

Parametric Architecture

When modern architecture is discussed, parametric architecture is never far behind. From Canton Tower to Peix Olímpic by Frank Gehry, there is no better example of the future of architecture than Parametric design. As cities are getting more cramped and expansion showing no signs of slowing down, Parametric Architecture has proven to be the solution to limited space and unlimited creativity.

The curvy nature of the style tests the limits of structural integrity and requires beyond pinpoint precision to pull off. This pinpoint precision is where AI steps in. Being able to precisely calculate parameters and visualise the end result is helping to form the city skylines of the future. Although we’re not at a stage where AI can shape and design, AI is already performing the heavy backend number crunching and proving viability before construction.

Smart cities and homes

We’ve talked about smart homes before and many of you even reside in one, but what is to come? Constant improvements in the space have allowed for almost every task to be automated by AI. Options include automated pet feeders and vacuums, to climate control and smart devices Although many of these options can be implemented in any space, true smart homes will be built from the floor up. With the rise of IoT (internet of things) more and more households will be purpose-built for smart integration. It’s up to designers to make these technological wonders seem natural and organic, all while your smart fridge and online shopping retailers are planning dinner.

Creativity is a click away

“DALL·E 2 can create original, realistic images and art from a text description. It can combine concepts, attributes, and styles” This description from the developer of Dall-E 2 does not do the tool justice. As hordes of curious users have shown DALL-E 2 to be a tool, not just a novelty. Using data scraped from the internet, Dall-E 2 allows users to create what was thought to be impossible. Have you ever wondered what Gordan Ramsey would look like drawn in the style of Van Gogh, or a dog surfing in space? The possibilities are endless, and the results are impressive.

Even if Dall-E 2 is still in limited Beta the results have filled Twitter newsfeeds and it has our minds racing. It is not inconceivable to imagine furniture, appliances, or any FF&Es being created in an instant using only user inputs and machine learning. Users have been able to create simple interior and exterior design and as pictured below it’s not that far off. While the tech does not seem to be up to the task yet, we’re eagerly watching our inboxes for our invite to join and learn what machine learning can create.