How AI helps architects design better buildings

November 4, 2019
How AI helps architects design better buildings

Archistar’s Generative Design Engine is a world-leading artificial intelligence or “AI” technology.

At its most basic level, it allows you to create conceptual building designs. You can select a particular building lot within the Archistar platform. Then, you have Archistar generate building designs based on your requirements.

For example, let’s say that you have a lot that you want to fill with townhouses. You can enter your requirements into Archistar. This includes metrics such as dimensions and proposed density. The engine combines these inputs with the property intelligence that the platform collects.

The end result is a set of conceptual designs from which you can base the rest of your work.

Speed is the key feature here. The Generative Design Engine creates designs in a matter of seconds. In fact, it’s possible to generate dozens, even hundreds of designs using the engine.

Better yet, each of these designs offers a different take on how you could use the land.

It would take weeks of effort to produce the same number of concepts manually.

There’s more. Each of these conceptual designs also uses the most up-to-date information available. That means that each design meets the current regulations in your chosen location. You also get information about potential costs and yields for each design. The platform also allows you to examine each design in more detail to check other metrics.

Even more impressively, the engine can also detect external factors, such as sunlight. The designs it generates take these factors into account as well.

It’s also important to note that the Generative Design Engine will improve over time. While already impressive, it has the capacity to absorb more data for use in its designs. Over time, this will lead to even more accurate and varied design ideas.

Let’s look at how the platform benefits architects.

Benefit #1 – Architects Can Use the Platform to Attract Work

It’s possible that a developer will come to you with an opportunity that they discovered outside of Archistar. They may have never used or even heard of the platform. And that means that they don’t have access to the Generative Design Engine.

Architects can use the platform themselves to create conceptual designs. A developer might call in one of those awkward favours mentioned above. But instead of spending weeks creating manual concepts, you can leave it to the engine. It automates the process for you and gives you results that you can deliver back to developers on the same day.

That’s an impressive feat that means you’re more likely to land the contract.

Benefit #2 – Enormous Time Savings

The main benefit of the Generative Design Engine is that it saves you huge amounts of time.

Creating concepts has always been a back and forth process. You get a request from a developer and create the concepts. They come back with more requests and you get back to work. You may go back and forth several times before coming up with something that works.

The Generative Design Engine creates designs in just seconds. A developer will usually accept at least one of these, which means you can move straight into the next design phase.

The Final Word

The Archistar platform allows you to leverage property intelligence. In doing so, you can create better built environments. It saves you time you’d otherwise spend on research and planning developments.

The Generative Design Engine is the platform’s standout feature. Whether you’re a developer or architect, you can use it to create building concepts almost instantly. This can shave weeks, or even months, off the planning process.

And this is only the start. As the Archistar platform develops, so too will the Generative Design Engine.

Do you want to learn more? Get in touch with the Archistar team today to find out how you can use the Generative Design Engine to your advantage.

Benjamin Coorey
Dr. Coorey completed a PhD in generative design and has dedicated his working career to consulting, educating and developing cutting edge technology to revolutionise the architectural design and property industries.
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