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The 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020)

Machine Intelligence


Hosted by College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University

In the article “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” (1950), Alan Turing predicted that machines would soon be able to learn and develop intelligence. 70 years later, it is clear that Turing was absolutely correct. Machine learning now plays a central role within artificial intelligence, and has become an important new area of research for architects. 

The theme of DigitalFUTURES 2020 is ‘Machine Intelligence’. This refers most directly to machine learning and machines involved in robotic fabrication. But it also refers to all other forms of architectural intelligence, such as material intelligence, swarm intelligence and artificial intelligence, along with intelligent design and fabrication, and intelligent techniques for visualizing, monitoring and controlling the built environment. 

The discipline of architecture is being transformed by machine intelligence. So too, the architect is also being transformed. No longer limited by human intelligence, the architect is becoming a cyborg-like creature, drawing upon machine intelligence as a prosthetic extension to the architectural imagination. Likewise, the built environment is also being transformed. From smart thermostats through to intelligent buildings and entire smart cities, the built environment is becoming an intelligent environment. 

The intention behind this year’s events is to promote a series of scholarly dialogues on these technological transformations in architecture, in an attempt to redefine the notion of intelligence and its role in architectural production from both a theoretical and technological standpoint.

Proceedings of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES—The 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020)