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INVITATION // IntCDC Constructive Conversations / Neural Architecture – Design and Artificial Intelligence

February 1, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dear all,
IntCDC is very honored to welcome Matias del Campo – Associate Professor at Taubman College for Architecture and Urban Planning – on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in our upcoming Constructive Conversations event.

Matias, who is also the co-founder of the architecture practice SPAN, will give a lecture on “Neural Architecture – Design and Artificial Intelligence”.

Photorealistic Artstation Modern Brutalist Villa on a Cliff Built of Durian Ski

Lecture Abstract

Neural architecture is the field of architecture that is primarily preoccupied with interrogating the emergent field of artificial neural networks (ANNs) as a design method. This lecture presents an attempt to utilize Deep Learning (DL) and Machine Learning (ML) to capture the salient features of existing architecture in order to interrogate these data for their underlying architectural qualities. What is meant by underlying architectural qualities? The rational explanation would include aspects such as spatial layout, sectional distribution of volumes, the dialog with its environment, the volumetric balance, the material qualities of the design, the structural properties, etc. All of which can be explored with the help of ML processes. However, this lecture maintains that architecture is more than just an assemblage of rational properties. This might explain the obsession with neural art, which represents an excellent mirror of our contemporary age, particularly regarding our shared agency with quasi-intelligent machines and their observation of the world. Can architecture do the same? Can neural networks help interrogate the latent layers within the geological deposits of the history of architecture and then assemble those found features into hitherto unseen designs?

Monad Granville is a 9-storey mixed-use development located in Downtown Vancouver

Robot Garden


Matias del Campo

Matias del Campo

is a registered architect, designer, and educator. He is Associate Professor at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, director of the AR2IL – The Architecture and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at UoM, and an affiliate faculty member of Michigan Robotics, Computer Science, and Data Science. Matias del Campo is the co-founder of the architecture practice SPAN. The practice gained wide recognition for the design of the Austrian Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and more recently, for the Robot Garden at the Ford Robotics Building. SPAN’s work was featured in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and 2021, at ArchiLab 2013, and the Architecture Biennale in Vienna and Buenos Aires in 2019. Solo shows include ‘Formations’ (MAK, Vienna) and ‘Sublime Bodies’ (Fab Union,Shanghai). SPAN’s work is in the permanent collection of the FRAC, the MAK, the Benetton Collection, the Albertina, the Pinakothek Munich, and several private collections.

His publishing work includes two editions of AD – Evoking through Design and Machine Hallucinations (co-edited with Neil Leach) as well as the books Neural Architecture – Design and Artificial Intelligence (ORO Editions 2022) and Sublime Bodies (co-authored with Sandra Manninger, Tongji Press 2017)

AdvanceAEC  – Join this and further AdvanceAEC Partner Seminars and receive an AdvanceAEC certificate!

This lecture is part of the AdvanceAEC partner seminar series. In 2023 eight partner seminars will take place. Partner seminars are focused on cross-sectional and interdisciplinary topics and are open to all network partners. If you attend at least six of the eight seminars, you will receive a certificate of time attended. You must register for this at the beginning of each event. The procedure for this will be briefly explained before each seminar.

The access data for this event is available to AdvanceAEC members. All researchers working in the field of AdvanceAEC are warmly invited to join the network. Please register or log-in to your account to access the event credentials.

We are looking forward to welcoming you. The IntCDC Management Team

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