The 10th edition of the Advanced Architecture Contest, organized by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), invites architects, designers, and innovators to explore the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the built environment. This competition aims to inspire participants to envision novel applications of AI mixed with non-AI tools that can shape the future of architecture, urban planning, and design. The design disciplines have undergone a remarkable evolution, shifting from using materials to data as the fundamental building blocks of architecture and cities. This evolution can be traced through the digital revolution experienced in the last three decades. The 90s marked the creation of the internet, connecting people and information globally. The 00s witnessed the development of major platforms, facilitating online interactions and services, while the 10s experienced the proliferation of apps and programs revolutionizing user experiences and access to information. As we enter this new decade, content creation takes center stage, with AI playing a significant role in generating, analyzing, and optimizing content across various domains. This evolution is closely correlated with the development of digital design paradigms. In the 90s, technical experts drove most digital developments, primarily relying on text-based interactions. The 00s brought basic graphics, enabling more visual representations, and the 10s saw the rise of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design, enhancing usability and aesthetics through bidimensional interfaces. Looking ahead, this decade will witness the emergence of 3D UX and UI development, leveraging AI’s capabilities to create immersive and interactive environments that blur the boundaries between physical and digital realms.
Participants are challenged to envision innovative design solutions that harness the potential of AI in the built environment using both AI and non-AI tools. Proposals should investigate how advanced technology tools can offer fresh perspectives on the built environment. These imaginaries can range from critical speculation to forward-thinking projections. The designs should directly engage with one of the topics proposed and respond providing design interventions across a wide range of scales.
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