In recent years various technologies and automation in the field of architecture have increased. However, now, AI has been making its way into the field of architecture slowly as researchers are making significant advancements. While it can’t be stressed enough that AI will never be able to replace human architects, it will certainly make their lives easier. AI will also speed up the processes that aren’t related to core architecture, this gives them more freedom to create many models while managing fewer activities.
As AI enters the field of architecture, we look at some of the ways it will have an effect on the field:
Helping In Research
To start off, project architects usually have to go through tons of data and countless hours of research. This helps them better understand the design of the project and also form a philosophy behind it. So, the data and research that they go through are massive, and this is where AI’s potential steps in.
AI has the ability to take in a colossal amount of data, so this can help an architect go about researching and testing several ideas at the same time with great comfort. This also means an architect can make conceptual designs with little use of pencil and paper.
Parametric architecture is something that is widely used by some of the famous architects around the world. First off, parametric design is something that allows one to use different parameters to create various types of outputs and generate several structures and forms that wouldn’t usually be possible. It gives an architect the ability to set the constraints, plug data and create countless iterations of products. It also gives architects the freedom of building designs according to their desired output.
The parametric architecture uses complex algorithms and also deploys geometric programming to allow architects to take a building and reshape and optimise it to fit their needs. A tool like this has a lot of potentials to take advantages of AI capabilities where it allows the architect to easily tinker with different parameters and get different outputs efficiently and smoothly.
Construction And Planning
The most important aspect of an architect’s project is the construction and planning. One can never be too prepared when it comes to construction and planning; some of the planning takes years to bring the exact vision of an architect to reality.
The potential that AI holds here is that it will make the planning process more manageable and give the architects access to a massive amount of data, create desired models easily, analyse the building environment, and create cost estimates. These processes are usually tedious and time-consuming for the architects, so AI can shorten the overall process by reducing design and building time.
When it comes to construction, AI can assist in constructing structures with almost no help from humans; researchers have been creating AI drones that can communicate with each other to create small structural models, which otherwise take a lot of time with traditional manufacturing approaches.
Building Perfect Homes
While building or designing homes, architects, along with giving emphasis to the general aesthetics of the building and using AI to create homes, they will also have to concentrate on integrating AI inside the apartments. Ultimately, the concept of AI is to make human life more comfortable and enhance it. What better place to start than transforming ordinary houses into smart ones?
Along with other technologies, AI will help make the humans of the house live smarter and safer, with proper planning by architects, and AI will help the field venture deeper, making human lives more comfortable.
Helping Build Better Cities
Building better cities generally involve years of planning and require precision when it comes to fulfilling the vision of a perfect city plan. Now, as the world moves towards AI and IoT, more effort will be needed to plan and make the existing cities into smart cities.
Architects, along with having to deal with the concept of smart cities, will also have to think of entirely new models and how to use AI to get there.
There is a lot of data that needs to be collected and processed in order to pinpoint specific aspects of the cities like the traffic congestion percentage, average population, the type of community that lives there and industry resources available to construct markets among other considerations. These were just some of the examples that architects have to consider while designing a smart city. So, AI holds a lot of promise when it comes to processing and getting insights from the abundance of data. India and other countries have been planning to use AI towards better mobility planning already, and architects will also have a huge role to play.
(Source: originally written by Sameer Balaganur and published on analyticsindiamag.com , Reproduced here for wide circulation in fraternity)