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The 1st International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2019)

Architectural Intelligence


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

2019 is the year in which Ridley Scott set his cult movie, Blade Runner (1982). Blade Runner depicts a future where bio-engineered robots - or ‘replicants’ - have infiltrated human society, where cars fly, facades of buildings are alive with advertising, and corporate life is dominated by the hi-tech Tyrrell Corporation.

Fast forward to what is actually happening in 2019. We don’t have replicants, but everyday life has been colonized by AI personal assistants, such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. We don’t have flying cars, but we do have Maglev trains floating on magnetic fields and self-driving cars. And we don’t have the Tyrrell Corporation, but corporate life is dominated by hi-tech companies, such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Tencent. And facades of buildings in cities like Shanghai come alive at night with animated LEDs displays beyond anything that Ridley Scott could have imagined.

We live in a world of smartphones, smart buildings and smart cities, a world dominated by intelligent systems - artificial intelligence, augmented Intelligence and swarm intelligence; a world where AI robots clean our buildings, and intelligent devices control our environment; a world where AI filters our spam, sorts our images on Instagram , recognizes our friends on Facebook, and translates our messages on WeChat. The future, it seems, is already here.

The theme for the 2019 DigitalFUTURES is ARCHITECTURAL INTELLIGENCE. The conference and workshops explore how artificial intelligence inform our designs, how robots fabricate our buildings, and how augmented reality and virtual reality help to visualize their potential.

Proceedings of the 2019 DigitalFUTURES—The 1st International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2019)