Published in 2/2024 - Matter and Intelligence

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How Does AI Change Architecture? 

Illustration: Susanna Raunio

The development of artificial intelligence will change design practices in ways that we can only try to guess at this point. However, there are many architects working with it already at the moment.

What should an architect know about artificial intelligence right now? How should someone who works in architecture be involved in the development of artificial intelligence? The six viewpoints published in the Matter and Intelligence issue (2–2024) explore how AI can act as an assistant in creative work, how it helps in designing more sustainable architecture, and what architects should understand about the ethics of AI.

Who Does AI Serve?

Only time will tell whether AI can be harnessed to deliver more strength, utility and beauty for all, or whether it will simply be used to drive up profits, writes Toni Österlund.

Architects Need to Learn to Embrace the Complexity of AI

The future of architectural education demands a radical reimagining in how AI is integrated beyond its current role as a mere tool, say Pia Fricker and Toni Kotnik.

→ More Convincing Designs with AI

Artificial intelligence is especially useful in the early stages of planning – it enhances the factual basis and helps justify design solutions, argues Niko Kautonen.

→ AI Is Not Born out of Thin Air 

Before we can go into the possibilities offered by AI applications, we need to understand what it takes to produce artificial intelligence, writes Ville Paananen.

→ AI Is a Tool for the Sustainability Leap

Artificial intelligence can benefit architects, especially when there are many variables in the design process – for example, reusable building parts from different sources, say Ron Aasholm and Maija Parviainen.

→ Industrial Revolution of Creativity

At its best, generative artificial intelligence is an aide in creative work and brainstorming, Mikael Tómasson says.