Architecture MArch BSc
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Berliner Schloss

The method: A picture of the new façade is reframed in individual single images, each showing a key part of the façade and its features. Fragmentation is key in an associative process, as its ambiguity fosters independent results.

Every image is uploaded on Google’s ‘similar image search’ and replaced by one of the first associated images. This process is repeated with the replacement image and so on: every search stage generates a range of output images each with a higher abstraction grade to the one before. The combined search results of each stage constitute the elements of a new façade iteration. Generating this alterations opens up design questions as the variety of results need to be brought in correlation to each other – especially when this is transformed into a model: the output parameters force to test new methods of crafting and connecting unusual components.

  Berliner Schloss – Generating Alternative Futures,   Y5, Tutors:   Prof. Laura Allen,   Prof. Mark Smout  Association-based façade update for Berliner Schloss; 1:25 model for a contemporary Cast Court Exhibition. Built in the 15th century but heavily bombed in WWII, the castle has been demolished in 1950 by DDR authorities and replaced by the new ‘Palace of the Republic’. Now, 20 years after the reunification of Germany, the Berliner Schloss will be ‘authentically’ rebuilt by 2019. Using Google algorithms, multiple alternative futures for a new façade have been generated, based on the capacity of artificial intelligence fed by human knowledge. The result is a free association façade that challenges the preservation method of exact copying, in favour of contemporary iterations.

Berliner Schloss – Generating Alternative Futures, Y5, Tutors: Prof. Laura Allen, Prof. Mark Smout Association-based façade update for Berliner Schloss; 1:25 model for a contemporary Cast Court Exhibition. Built in the 15th century but heavily bombed in WWII, the castle has been demolished in 1950 by DDR authorities and replaced by the new ‘Palace of the Republic’. Now, 20 years after the reunification of Germany, the Berliner Schloss will be ‘authentically’ rebuilt by 2019. Using Google algorithms, multiple alternative futures for a new façade have been generated, based on the capacity of artificial intelligence fed by human knowledge. The result is a free association façade that challenges the preservation method of exact copying, in favour of contemporary iterations.

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