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Autonomy and Automation in the Architectural Project: The Algorithm of Hypermobile Commuter's City. (2017)

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Title: Autonomy and Automation in the Architectural Project: Hypermobile Commuter’s City Algorithm.

  • Author/author: Rodrigo Delso Gutierrez and Javier Argota Sánchez-Vaquerizo.
  • Revista (magazine): Journal of Architectural Education.
  • Pages: 120-134.
  • DOI: 10.1080 / 10464883.2018.1410668
  • Summary: The introduction of automatic digital architecture techniques and the wide availability of big data have several opportunities and risks in relation to the architect’s role in the creative process of automation. The Hypermobile Commuter City (HCC) project explores the use of big data to inform design processes and transform the architect’s role in design for cities and suburbs. Applying computational techniques from the territorial to the construction scale, HCC changes the final architectural object in an open process to reconnect the design with a variety of real factors, surpassing the standard vision of professionals. This raises questions about the autonomy of the architect when it comes to automation, as well as the limits of computing and determinism in the built environment.
  • Abstract: The introduction of automatic digital techniques in architecture and the wide availability of big data pose several opportunities and risks concerning the architect’s role in automation’s creative process. The Hypermobile Commuter City (HCC) project explores the use of big data for informing design processes and transforming the architect’s role in designing for cities and suburbia. Applying computational techniques from the territorial to the building scale, HCC changes the final architectural object into an open-ended process able to reconnect design with a diversity of real factors, the standard vision of practitioners. This raises questions about the architect’s autonomy’s autonomy when dealing with automatism as well as the limits of computation and determinism on the built environment.
  • Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10464883.2018.1410668?scroll=top&needAccess=true

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