Reading Before Prompting

Step aside Virtual Reality and Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence is now the king of hype. As ever, Neil Leach provides a thought provoking lecture in which he summarises AI in Architecture; all through the Digital Learning Futures You Tube page.

On the back of my PhD thesis about Architecture and data, I’m currently fighting the Instagram FOMO and urge to become part of a new wave of “prompt engineers” using General Adversarial Network (GANS) diffusion tools such as Midjourny, DALL-E or Dream Studio. While the prompt tools are a lot of fun, it remains to be seen if these tools will result in new types of real world material forms, as opposed to speculative pixel based images. Before I join the prompt hype I’m aiming to read the literature mentioned in Leach’s lecture. I have included a list below to whet your appetite.

Ai in Architecture and Design

Bernstein, P. (2022). Machine Learning: Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. United Kingdom: RIBA Publishing.

Carta, S. (2022). Machine Learning and the City: Applications in Architecture and Urban Design. United Kingdom: Wiley.

Chaillou, S. (2022). Artificial Intelligence and Architecture: From Research to Practice. Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.

del Campo, M. (n.d.). Neural Architecture: Design and Artificial Intelligence. United States: Oro Editions.

Imdat A., Prithwish B., Pratap T. (2022). Artificial Intelligence in Urban Planning and Design: Technologies, Implementation, and Impacts. Netherlands: Elsevier Science.

Leach, N. (2021). Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Leach, N., del Campo, M.  Eds (2022).Machine Hallucinations: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence. United Kingdom: Wiley.

Manovich, L. (2018). AI Aesthetics. Russia: Strelka Press.

AI and Society

Clark, A. (2003). Natural-born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Harari, Y. N. (2017). Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. United States: HarperCollins.

Hayles, N. K. (1999). How we became posthuman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Mitchell, M. (2020). Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans. United States: Picador.

Tegmark, M. (2017). Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. United Kingdom: Penguin Books Limited.