AI-generated construction documents explore generative design

construction documents generated by ai

Stephen Coorlas, founder of Coorlas Architects based in Chicago, USA, recently explored the field of physical architectural design with his experimental project “Speculations on AI and Architecture”. This new project attempts to expand the potential of current technological capabilities within the discipline of architecture, pushing it forward and adapting to the changing processes of technology. explore how artificial intelligence (IA) can be trained to produce architectural details, connections, intersections and assembly sequences, Stephen Coorlas’ study provides speculative insight into Midjourney. The AI-driven text-to-image generator is used to create traditional construction documents for modern precast concrete houses, which initially results in speculative axonometric drawings. He then continued his experiments by bringing these 2D Midjourney images to life using depth maps and online animation tools, demonstrating both processes in video tutorials.

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Stephen Coorlas speculates on AI and architecture

Stephen Coorlas’ experiments in generative design are early speculation that text-to-image AI can expand and contribute more specifically to unique disciplines, handling any targeted challenges that may be less important to other people. other areas. The resulting AI-generated construction documents explore the potential of this method of text-to-action technique for creating visual images. The architect enter specific and relevant construction method data, along with other details and prompts, to train the AI ​​software to develop construction document details. First developing a design for the modern concrete structure, he then completes all of the construction drawings with custom details.

Demonstrating its process and ideologies for this project, Coorlas offers an introductory level video tutorial for architects and designers wishing to take the journey to AI-assisted design and documentation. A design enhancement video tutorial also explains how 2D Midjourney images, as well as other types of images, can be animated as 3D renderings using depth maps and animation tools. on line.

AI-generated construction documents by stephen coorlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
each of the speculative axonometric assembly drawings depicts different designs and details

the potential of generative design

Such similar concepts are already being explored through generative design. In some cases, AI is combined with structural analysis software to develop minimal surfaces with maximum strength, resulting in otherworldly designs. In other cases, parametric sequences are applied to optimize the yield of building materials, minimizing waste. Following his research, Stephen Coorlas notes:Like many who are experimenting with this new technology, our early AI investigations left us with only more questions. How will this technology be adopted in our profession? How will this, or similar technologies, affect our workflow? »

AI-generated construction documents by stephen coorlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
Stephen Coorlas dives beyond the realm of physical architectural design with these AI-generated construction drawings

AI-generated construction documents by stephen coorlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
the project uses Midjourney, using the text-to-image generator to create traditional construction documents

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