AI-generated building documents explore generative design

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Stephen Corlas, founder of Coorlas Architects based in Chicago, USA, recently researched the physical architectural design world with his pilot project “Speculation on Artificial Intelligence and Architecture”. This new project attempts to expand the potential of existing technological capabilities in the field of architecture, pushing it forward and adapting to the evolutionary processes of technology. Explore how Artificial intelligence (AI) can be trained to produce architectural details, connections, intersections, and assembly sequences, Stephen Corlas’ study takes a speculative glimpse into Midjourney. An AI-powered text-to-image generator is used to create traditional construction documents for modern prefab concrete homes, initially resulting in guesswork pivot drawings. He then further experimented with reviving these 2D Midjourney images using depth maps and online animation tools, presenting both processes in video lessons.


All photos by Stephen Kurlas

Stephen Corlas speculates on artificial intelligence and architecture

Stephen Corlas’ experiments on generative design are an early speculation of the idea that text-to-image AI could develop and contribute more specifically to unique disciplines, addressing any focused challenges that might be less important in other areas. The resulting AI-generated creation documents explore the potential of this method in text-to-action technology for creating visual images. Architect Enter specific and relevant data about construction methods, and other details and claims, to train the AI ​​program to develop construction document details. He first developed a design for the modern concrete structure, then packed a set of building drawings with custom detailing.

To show his process and ideologies for this project, Coorlas provides an introductory video tutorial for architects and designers who want to take a journey towards AI-assisted design and documentation. A design improvement follow-up video tutorial also explains how 2D Midjourney images, as well as other image types, can be animated as a 3D rendering using depth maps and online animation tools.

Building documents created by AI Stephen Kurlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
Each speculative axial assembly drawing depicts different designs and details

Generative design capabilities

These similar concepts are already being studied by generative design. In some cases, AI is paired with structural analysis software to develop minimal surfaces with maximum robustness, resulting in designs from another world. In other cases, parametric sequences are applied to improve the productivity of building materials, and reduce waste. After his research, Stephen Corlas notes:Like many of those who have tried this new technology, our early investigations with artificial intelligence have left us only more questions. How will this technology be adopted in our profession? In what ways will this, or similar technologies, affect our workflow?

Building documents created by AI Stephen Kurlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
Stephen Corlas delves beyond the realm of physical architectural design with building drawings generated by artificial intelligence

Building documents created by AI Stephen Kurlas explore the potential of generative design in architecture
The project uses Midjourney, using a text-to-image generator to create traditional construction documents

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