CIBSE IBG: What is Artificial Intelligence when it comes to Architecture?

CIBSE IBG: What is Artificial Intelligence when it comes to Architecture?

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CIBSE IBG: What is Artificial Intelligence when it comes to Architecture?

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Why are we so busy tinkering with it in one way or the other as if some alien species has landed in between us and we want to explore it or rather want to reassure our very own selves that we are the most intelligent ones on the earth? This webinar aims to explore AI as an architecture — through historical, theoretical and critical perspectives — while keeping a distance from the computational experimentations under way. Exploring AI as in autonomous artefacts, technologically rendered media environments, and as in anthropomorphised formats, this webinar will look into the ways AI is creeping into or acting as the architecture of our cities, towns, districts, homes or even as our very own selves.

Speaker: Dr Danyal Ahmed

Danyal Ahmed is a licensed architect professionally affiliated with the Architectural Institute of Japan, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners and Institute of Architects Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Architecture and Building Science from Tohoku University, Japan completed in 2021 and Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from University of the Punjab, Lahore completed in 2012 and 2015 respectively. He specialised in the history, theory and criticism of technologically advanced architecture with a focus on the role the emerging technology of artificial intelligence (hereinafter AI) had, is and will play with reference to architecture. His doctoral dissertation has been completed under the supervision of Profs. Junichiro Higaya, Yasuaki Onoda and Taro Igarashi and is titled as The Architecture of Information, Communication and Feedback: A Study on the Cybernetic Discourses leading to the Suggestive Artificially Intelligent Architecture from Cedric Price to Gordon Pask, 1949-1987. He has been an academic guest at Prof. Ludger Hovestadt’s Digital Architectonics Cluster at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland in 2019. He has presented his research internationally at the platforms of the Architectural Institute of Japan, Architectural Society of China, Architectural Institute of Korea, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, European Association for Japanese Studies, University of Manchester (UK) and University of New South Wales (Australia). Being an AI-researcher within the continents of Asia, Australia and Europe, he has been a recipient of grants and scholarships from prestigious governmental and higher education institutions such as The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) - Government of Japan, Tohoku University (Japan) and University of Manchester (UK), and holds internationally appreciated architectural designs, research papers and conference proceedings to his credits. He was invited to deliver a talk titled Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence through the platform of TEDx Tohoku University in 2019. These days he is working as an Assistant Professor at a leading private sector university located in Lahore, Pakistan and composing his very first book-length manuscript that he intends to publish by the end of the year 2022

Event Chair: Dr Yangang Xing, Chair of CIBSE IBG, Nottingham Trent University

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