“AI in+form” workshop

This is a project I did during the 2021 CAADFuture workshop “AI in+form” by @r.e.ar_ at @caadfutures. The project explored the conjunction of various methods including ML ( pix2pxi), solar simulation, and procedural growth simulation in Houdini.

Design Team
Ming Tang, Jayanaveenaa P, Daniel Escobar

Alberto Fernandez, Provides Ng, David Doria, Nikoletta Karastathi

‘Vertical Conservation’ – looking into envelope systems for skyscrapers in Dubai. The skin harvest-light through facilitating micro-ecologies to grow on the facade, saving energy by cycling carbon, acting as sun-shading, and recycling grey-water through the pipes for green-wall irrigation.

In particular, the pipe form was inspired by the long thin roots of Desert Hyacinth that circulate water and nutrients – a parasite with low primary productivity and is energy efficient. The envelope was generated with solar analysis to locate spots that accumulate the most and least solar incidences, where host plants and parasites would be grown respectively, as the latter has no chlorophyll and are unable to photosynthesise.

Desert Hyacinth was chosen as it is high in medical value, and is an all-flower-bearing parasite; still, it is becoming endangered, with very little information available for the public in the conservation of the species.


Check out the great presentation by the workshop instructors at CAADFuture  Conference.

check out our project in VR walkthrough, go to the second-floor use “G”. Thanks AI in+form: Bio-inspired Solar Designs in Architecture with Alberto Fernandez, Provides Ng, David Doria, Nikoletta Karastathi