Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel sets up in-house lab dedicated to generative design
Architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel has launched ACPVLab, a research and development unit that will focus on using generative design to develop bespoke interiors.
Led by Paolo Mazza and Marco Brambilla – who are both partners at Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel – ACPVLab will use generative design technology to “move beyond off-the-shelf solutions” and create “richer” interiors at a fast pace.
Generative design involves using computer software to generate a variety of design solutions that meet the pre-set parameters of a given space.
“Generative design, assisted by artificial intelligence, has now reached a level of accessibility and computational power which allows us to use it for our bespoke design, now supported by more and better-informed decisions,” Mazza told Dezeen.
“Generative design and its algorithms will improve the speed with which variables such as comfort, people-to-people distance, headcount maximization, sustainability, natural lighting and other environmental and project data can be taken into account during the design process.”
Using generative design, ACPVLab is setting out to develop its own scripts and software tools that will be able to process a greater amount of input data and therefore consider a wider array of spatial parameters.
These tools will be able to be to produce different types of spaces including residential, commercial and offices – something which Mazza says is particularly important in light of the global coronavirus pandemic, which has challenged the way in which we can safely use and occupy workspaces.
“We believe that the change of culture in workplaces is profound and will change the proportions between collaborative and personal workspaces, shifting the weight heavily towards collaborative spaces – social distancing is just one of the many parameters we feed our scripts with,” added Mazza.
“In its essence, the new tool will allow for a more free, unconstrained and wide terrain of possibilities and configurations within which architects can operate and react quickly to ever-changing needs.”
ACPVLab joins a growing number of architecture, construction and design companies turning to generative design. Last year, Wallgren Arkitekter and BOX Bygg worked together to create a parametric tool called Finch which can help architects and designers adapt their floor plans to suit the constraints of a given site.
Phillipe Starck also employed generative design software developed by Autodesk to produce the AI chair for Italian furniture brand Kartell. Autodesk claimed it is the world’s first chair created using artificial intelligence to go into production.
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel was founded by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel and is based in Milan.
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