#035: GPT-4o & Google Gemini 1.5 (Features For Designers)

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

ChatGPT has now been upgraded to ChatGPT-4o, and Google has introduced a text-to-video tool that can create up to a minute-long video with just a prompt.

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OpenAI launched ChatGPT-4o. Our breakdown is below but here is the announcement video from OpenAI.

Gemini 1.5

Google released upgrades to their text-to-image tool and Gemini 1.5 at an event on Tuesday. They also announced a video tool and a custom AI personalized on all of your Google data.

The text-to-video tool can produce a one-minute video based on a prompt. The result was good, but there are still a few details in each video that point to it being AI. Google calls it Veo.

The difference between Google news and GPT-4o news is that most ChatGPT users can already use GPT-4o, but Google hasn't made most of their new features available to everyone yet.


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This week, OpenAI unveiled GPT-4o, taking a turn away from the anticipated next-gen search engine or a new version of ChatGPT 5.0 or 4.5.

Instead of GPT-5, we got GPT-4o, which brought several interesting updates.

There are a few standout use cases for professionals in architecture and landscape architecture.

The AI is accessible to all ChatGPT users, regardless of whether they are on a free or paid plan.

Subscribing to the paid plan might be beneficial if you want to access additional features.


One new feature of GPT-4o is its ability to convert images into digital files.

If you have a printed cost estimate, you can use GPT-4o to take a photo of it. The AI will turn it into a digital Excel file, keeping the same format. This saves you time and reduces mistakes by avoiding manual data entry.

GPT-4o’s multimodal capabilities extend to understanding and generating text, images, audio, and video.

You can feed the AI various inputs, such as voice memos, sketches, or 3D models. This can help with the development and sharing of concepts within teams or with clients.

GPT-4o has better language skills, making it great for working with people around the world. You can input project notes in one language and have the AI translate them into another.

Although it does not create construction drawings from images, GPT-4o is skilled at recognizing and extracting text from them.

This feature is useful for quickly retrieving specifications or notes from scanned drawings.

GPT-4o provides amazing tools for architects and landscape architects, making projects faster and easier. It can turn paper documents into digital ones and helps with communication in different languages, making it a great help for working smoothly and being more creative.

GPT Store Available To Free Users

OpenAI has opened its GPT Store to free users, letting them explore and use custom chatbots. Architects and landscape architects can use these chatbots to help with tasks like making design proposals, researching materials, and creating detailed project plans, making their work more efficient and creative.

You can also make your own GPT. This lets you train ChatGPT to work better with your data.

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