042: 40 AI Tools (With Use Cases For Designers)

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Architecture Insights newsletter. Artificial intelligence for architects, landscape architects, and designers.

Edition #42:

  • 40 AI Tools: For architects, landscape architects & designers.

  • Runway Gen 3: AI Video Tool released to the public.

Runway Gen-3

To date, Gen-3 is the leading text-to-video and image-to-video tool.

To use Gen-3 Alpha, you need to pay for a subscription, unfortunately no free plan is available at the moment. The lowest plan costs $15 per month.

Here's how to get started with Gen-3 Alpha:

  1. Go to RunwayML.com using the link above.

  2. Sign in or create an account.

  3. Upgrade your account to the Standard plan.

  4. Go to Generate Videos.

  5. Select "Text/Image to Video"

  6. Ensure "Gen-3 Alpha" is selected in the top left corner of the screen.

  7. Enter text or image prompts to begin generating Gen-3 videos.

If you want to check out some of the free features Runway has, we wrote a post about it here.

Top 40 AI Tools

This week we bring you a comprehensive list of our top 25 AI tools that have use cases for architects and landscape architects.

Here is our list:

1. Rhino + Grasshopper + ShapeDiver

  • Uses: Parametric and computational design, creating complex geometries, real-time design adjustments, and online collaboration.

2. Autodesk Revit + Dynamo

  • Uses: Automating repetitive tasks, optimizing building performance, integrating BIM data, and enhancing design workflows through algorithmic design.

3. Adobe Photoshop + Adobe Sensei

  • Uses: Automated image enhancements, object recognition, content-aware fill, and AI-driven design suggestions for creating presentations, visualizations, and renderings.

4. Lumion

  • Uses: Real-time rendering and visualization, creating lifelike images and videos of architectural designs, and adding environmental context to designs with AI-driven landscape features and lighting effects.

5. Planner 5D

  • Uses: Interior design and space planning, generating 2D and 3D floor plans, and providing AI-driven design recommendations and furniture placements.

6. Archistar

  • Uses: Site analysis, feasibility studies, generating design options, optimizing layouts, and automating compliance checks with local regulations.

7. TestFit

  • Uses: Automated building configuration and feasibility analysis, generating layout options based on design constraints.

8. Spacemaker AI

  • Uses: Site analysis and optimization, generating design alternatives, and assessing environmental factors.

9. V-Ray

  • Uses: High-quality rendering for architectural visualization, creating photorealistic images and animations.

10. Enscape

  • Uses: Real-time rendering and virtual reality (VR) for immersive architectural visualization.

11. Fologram

  • Uses: Augmented reality (AR) integration with Rhino and Grasshopper for real-time design visualization and interaction.

12. Deep Art Effects

  • Uses: Transforming photos and images into artwork using neural networks, useful for creating unique visual styles and presentations.

13. Reconstruct

  • Uses: Construction site monitoring and management using AI-driven analysis of photos and videos to track progress and detect issues.

14. Matterport

  • Uses: Creating 3D virtual tours and models of spaces using AI-driven 3D scanning technology.

15. Morpholio Trace

  • Uses: Digital sketching and drawing with AI-assisted tools for architectural design and presentation.

16. Canvas

  • Uses: AI-powered app for creating accurate 3D models and floor plans from photos, useful for renovation and redesign projects.

17. Smartvid

  • Uses: Construction safety and risk management using AI to analyze site images and videos for potential hazards.

18. CityEngine

  • Uses: Procedural modelling software for urban design, generating 3D city models, and simulating urban environments.

19. Forma (by Autodesk)

  • Uses: Design and analysis software for urban planning, site analysis, and optimizing building performance.

20. HoloBuilder

  • Uses: Construction progress management and documentation using 360-degree photo capture and AI for tracking changes over time.

21. Sefaira

  • Uses: Energy modelling and sustainability analysis for architectural designs, providing insights into building performance.

22. Makr

  • Uses: Collaborative design platform for creating, sharing, and refining design concepts with AI-powered tools.

23. AIArchitect

  • Uses: Automated design generation and optimization, providing architects with AI-driven design options and recommendations.

24. UpCodes

  • Uses: Building code compliance tool using AI to analyze designs and ensure they meet local regulations.

25. AI.Build

  • Uses: AI-driven construction automation, focusing on robotics and 3D printing for building projects.

26. Archicad

  • Uses: BIM software with AI-powered features for automating design processes and enhancing collaboration.

27. Revitobot

  • Uses: AI-powered plugin for Revit, automating repetitive tasks and enhancing BIM workflows.

28. Autodesk BIM 360

  • Uses: Cloud-based construction management software with AI for project tracking and collaboration.

29. BIMobject

  • Uses: Platform for accessing and managing BIM objects, utilizing AI for improved search and organization.

30. Allegorithmic Substance

  • Uses: AI-powered tool for creating and applying materials and textures in 3D design.

31. Generative Design in Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Uses: AI-driven generative design tool for exploring multiple design alternatives.

32. VisualARQ

  • Uses: BIM plugin for Rhino, providing AI-driven features for architectural design and documentation.

33. SolidWorks

  • Uses: CAD software with AI capabilities for design automation and simulation.

34. Floorplanner

  • Uses: Online tool for creating 2D and 3D floor plans with AI-driven design recommendations.

35. RoomSketcher

  • Uses: Interior design tool for creating floor plans and home designs with AI features for customization.

36. SketchUp + Sefaira

  • Uses: 3D modeling software combined with AI-powered energy analysis and performance optimization.

37. Cedreo

  • Uses: 3D home design software for creating photorealistic renderings with AI-driven design tools.

38. iStaging

  • Uses: AR and VR platform for real estate and interior design, providing AI-enhanced visualization and walkthroughs.

39. PlanGrid

  • Uses: Construction productivity software with AI features for document management and project collaboration.

40. Revizto

  • Uses: BIM collaboration software with AI-driven issue tracking and coordination.

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