Welcome to the Final review of studio A{AI}. Final review on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9 AM (CST)/ /Monday, January 4, 2 AM (CET)/ Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 8 PM (EST). – Join via zoom here.


Studio Fall 2020
Institute for Future Human Habitat Studies (iFHHs)
at the Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (SIGS)

Dr. Matias del Campo
Dr. Sandra Manninger
Teaching assistance
Li Yuqian
Deng Xiangtian

Jury members

Dr. Alisa Andrasek, Professor Design Innovation Strategy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

MArch. Yan Gao, Professor The University of Hongkong.

MArch. Xin Guo, Assistant Professor School of Architecture & Urban Planning at Shenzhen University.

MArch. Wanyu He, Adjunct Assistant Professor The University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Tom Kovac, Professor of Architecture and Deputy Director Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Dipl. Ing. Peter Russel, Dean Institute for Future Habitat Studies at Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, see also here.

Dr. Philip Yuan, Professor College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, see also here.

Dr. Weiguo Xu, Professor and Chair of the Architecture Department in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, see also here, here, and here.

Zhiang Zhang

Zhenyuan Yang

Jie Chen

A{AI} overview
Technologies are significantly driving the way we design. But as much as we are shaped by our social, cultural, and natural environments, so is technology, when we choose how to use and engage with it. Design interfaces and connects us to new technologies. It can uncover unmet user needs and propose unimagined opportunities to create innovative designs, that have the potential to change behaviors, economies, and culture itself.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in general, and Machine Learning (ML) specifically, are already affecting our everyday life, however, how they will manifest in the disciplines of architecture and design is still in question.
Our futures are being established by technologies that are developed today. We do have the chance to engage with these emergent technologies and shape the way they are designed, applied and maintained. Design should not be utilized as an afterthought or mainly to repair damage, design should be leading us forward.

A{AI} project

Studio A{AI} has been invited to participate in the CityX project, curated by Professor Tom Kovac at RMIT. Some of the projects might get the opportunity to present their work at the Architecture Biennale Venice, in 2021.
Transdisciplinary and globally focused in its intent and content, CityX invites leading international architecture schools, visionaries and design researchers to explore innovative design research strategies addressing the future of Chinese cities It aims to showcase new architectural and urban design concepts for the staged development of Xiong’an New Area. This will occur through international studio and design workshops, debates and discussions with leading researchers producing engaging dynamic design solutions.
CityX presents a unique opportunity to investigate urban design strategies and architectural proposals that can inform the future evolution and sustainable development of Xiong’an New Area. The research project strategy will aim at commissioning and curating architectural and urban design investigations into the future development of Xiong’an with a particular focus on the impact of emerging urban economies and technologies. Its research will be launched as a blueprint for the sustainable future evolution of architectural and urban design in China.

Students will be focusing on a field of their interest. Starting off with an intensive design and research workshop that will introduce the main tools used during the semester, we’ll be working in teams to develop varying modes of operation.

A{AI} method
The methodological approach is two-fold. We will critically examine the current landscape of ML, including its technological, social, and cultural aspects. On the one side we will inform ourselves about existing technologies and applications as well as design tools, with a specific focus on how these techniques are currently introduced in the fields of art and design. We will look at the shape of data that forms the base for these algorithmic models. We will consider opportunities to develop new design sensibilities, reframing authorship, bias, and errors in the design protocols. And we will be examining how existing human-centered design methods align with these new technologies, or what new methods may emerge.
The technological aspect of the course will include the training of a specific algorithmic model and its respective pre- and postprocessing protocols. No coding skills are required.

Tsinghua SIGS at the Architecture Biennale in Venice

A{AI} expected outcomes
This studio will emphasise on the conceptualization and design for the development of Xiong’an New Area.
CityX is inviting design concepts and creative proposals for the city of Xiong’an New Area, China. It presents a unique opportunity to make architectural proposals that aim to inform the future evolution of Xiong’an New Area. The urban propositions for the development for Xiong’an are to be investigated as short, mid and long-term projections. Invited participants are encouraged to present design research led visions and proposals for the staged development of Xiong’an. Propositions are to range in scale from the urban, infrastructural built fabric scale architectural designed projects, new fabrication techniques and technologies.

To Build a Future City. Automated Mobilization by Davy Huang

Walkable CityX by Yinhang Han

Shape of Urban Green. Food and the City by Tracy Chan

Environmental Pressures. Water by Vivien Ng

Environmental Pressures. Distribution by Star Yan

Environmental Pressures. Wind by Zhao Yu

Chronology by Alexander Carter