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Artificial Intelligence For Sustainable Design (Software For Sustainability)
Welcome to this week’s edition of Architecture Insights.
AI Updates for architects & designers
1. Midjourney now lets you create custom styles with the fine-tuner tool. (Read)
Summary: This means we can now create, or use an existing style we already like and tell the AI to continue outputting images with the same style.
2. Microsoft releases an AI-powered office assistant. (Read & Watch)
Summary: For teams that use Microsoft software such as Teams or Outlook and want to incorporate AI into their workflow then this is a good start. These are mostly baseline AI tools for productivity, automation, and time management. It currently goes for $30/month.
3. OpenAI held an event called “DevDay” on November 6th.
Summary: OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and DALL-E, announced big updates to its software. It is faster, cheaper, more customizable and improved in almost every aspect. Check out the keynote below.
AI for Sustainable Design
Artificial intelligence and sustainable design are 2 inevitable futures in our world. 1. We must design and construct sustainably to prolong the existence of our built and natural environment. 2. AI development is moving fast and it isn’t going anywhere.
As artificial intelligence continues to advance, it can now process vast amounts of data and analyze numerous scenarios beyond human capacity.
As a result, AI can help in various tasks ranging from optimizing building designs to minimize carbon footprints to recommending sustainable materials for efficient construction and functionality. These are just a few examples of AI's capabilities to benefit us with sustainable design and construction.
Analyzing construction cost and energy usage, which would take architects hours to complete, takes an AI only a few minutes or seconds.
This opens a new world of potential for architects, allowing them to save time and money while leaving more time for design, which is often a hopeful and rare occurrence for architects.
Although clients do not always prioritize sustainable design, architects now have the ability to continue to do what they do with a more sustainable outcome.
Tools like Maket.ai can assist with design by giving recommendations for materials, costing, floor plan generation, and zoning/regulation review.
We also have tools like openspace.ai which has over 750 million square feet of video in its database of building interiors and exteriors.
The software enables teams to analyze progress, identify discrepancies, and make informed decisions during the preconstruction phase.
The advanced AI algorithms automatically map images to project plans, eliminating the need for manual data entry and accelerating the analysis process.
In post-construction, AI can help save energy in buildings by adjusting the heating and cooling systems based on occupancy and external temperature. By doing so, it can reduce utility bills and lower the environmental impact. This is particularly useful during periods when the building is empty, AI can detect and respond to changes in occupancy levels.
There is a handful of tools architects and designers can use from all stages of project management. We encourage you to explore these on your own, check out a list of tools in the resources below.
A curated list of free AI tools. (Toolify)
University of Pennsylvania on how businesses use artificial intelligence. (Read)
Midjourney breaks down how to fine-tune your architectural styles. (Read)
Parametric architecture opens submissions to AI creative challenge 3.0. (Explore)
AI Image of the week
Prompt: A parametric building on a lake in the woods.
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