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Check out the futuristic designs that won SPACE10’s AI design competition

SPACE10, a design and research lab, recently announced the winners of Regenerative Futures, their AI design competition. The competition attracted over 250 entries from all over the world featuring designs that were created using AI and envisioned “what a more desirable future could look like.”

AI design tools have greatly enhanced creative exploration, push boundaries, and foster innovation. The winning designs showcased future housing concepts, considering the impacts of climate change and other factors.

Winners of the SPACE10 AI Design Competition

The AI designs in the competition showcased concept houses that embodied regenerative homes, utilizing local materials and efficient designs to maximize natural lighting and create a harmonious living space.

Participants were asked to create designs with three future scenarios in mind –

  • Resilient Futures: Where non-human entities play a notable role in designing homes
  • Symbiotic Futures: Where living spaces take inspiration from indigenous technologies and use local materials, and adapt to the surrounding environment
  • Collective Futures: Where we develop comfortable living spaces for the masses with enough resources to meet their daily needs and not worry about environmental impact. 

The proposals were evaluated based on three key criteria: Imagination, Criticality, and Desirability. Among all the entries, here are the ones the jury panel found the best-

Overall Winner – Designing for the Future in Harsh Environments by Kedar Deshpande, Experience Designer, United States

SPACE10 Regenerative Futures AI Design competition overall winner -Designing for the Future in Harsh Environments by Kedar Deshpande

This design concept proposes partially, or fully submerged homes made from locally sourced sand and clay with natural fibers to create biocomposite materials. This design offers insulation, and protection against extreme temperatures, and is also suitable for modular construction. Furthermore, it enables self-sufficiency in energy by integrating solar panels, hydrogen-generating gardens, and piezoelectric devices into structural components of the home.

“The proposal creates harmony between design and environment, incorporating the semi-arid characteristics to build an integrated architecture that protects against extreme temperatures and preserves ecosystems,” said Javier Torner, global solutions division, UN-Habitat.

Resilient Futures Winner – Plant Pods by Branden Collins, Interdisciplinary Designer, United States

SPACE10 Regenerative Futures Resilient Futures Winner - Plant Pods by Branden Collins

Plant Pods is a concept of regenerative, inflatable, and wearable homes. These homes feature an algae-covered exterior that captures solar energy, while a rainwater harvesting system provides water for both household use and the wearer’s needs. This innovative design ensures self-sufficiency in electricity generation and water supply, enhancing sustainability and versatility. When not in use the Plant Pods can be worn as a protective garment.

David Basulto, Founder and Director of ArchDaily says “The author challenges the traditional answers to the housing crisis and puts themselves into a future where we have to embrace a nomadic style that moves away from extraction and to co-living with nature. A radical new way of living is imagined, and the prompt visualizes something that couldn’t be fabricated today but seems plausible, and hopeful.”

Symbiotic Futures Winner – WombHome: Decolonizing Nature by Takbir Fatima, Architect and Abeer Fatima, Interior Designer, India

SPACE10 Regenerative Futures Symbiotic Futures Winner - WombHome: Decolonizing Nature by Takbir Fatima and Abeer Fatima

Inspired by Cappadocia’s prehistoric cave dwellings, these homes effortlessly blend with the natural forms of the earth, creating a flowing neighborhood that fosters a sense of community through shared spaces and amenities. The homes are carved within caves, ensuring shelter and safety, and benefit from natural cooling, ventilation, and ample sunlight. Semi-open courtyards are provided to grow vegetation. The designers, Takbir and Abeer Fatima said the key principles – sunlight, greenery, minimal clutter, and a natural aesthetic were under focus in the design approach.

Tim Fu, Architectural Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects commented on this design saying “The image quality is extremely high and visually stunning. The architecture shows complex spatial relationships and informs a programmatic stance towards communal living. The numerous interiors showcase different configurations and ways of living. Material system and form breaks from the traditional architecture we see.”

Collective Futures Winner – City After the Flood by Gustavo Jimenez, Architect, Spain

SPACE10 Regenerative Futures Collective Futures Winner - City After the Flood by Gustavo Jimenez

This design concept shows homes built with materials recovered from the forests and structures destroyed by excessive flooding. There will be a waste management network to recover and categorize materials, reducing environmental contamination. 

“The only urban project to show a creative material system that merges biomaterial usage with form and assembly that is outside the box. Images feature similar visual language that creates a cohesive project,” said Tim Fu, Architectural Designer, at Zaha Hadid Architects. 

Future of AI in Construction

With its remarkable capabilities, AI can potentially revolutionize the AEC industry. From facilitating construction documentation to optimizing project scheduling, improving safety measures, and even enabling advanced predictive analysis for cost and resource management.

We have already seen how generative design is helping automobile giants like Toyota to create safer, thinner, and more comfortable seats for their cars. Furthermore, AI technology is helping firms reduce costs and bring new levels of efficiency into healthcare construction.

AI design tools, with their advanced capabilities, have given designers the creative freedom to come up with innovative and future-ready designs. Designers can explore new concepts, experiment with complex geometries, and envision spaces that integrate seamlessly with emerging technologies. These tools leverage sophisticated machine learning algorithms and data analysis to provide valuable insights, thus enhancing the design process and enabling designers to make informed decisions. This synergy between human creativity and AI-driven design tools fosters innovation and can shape the future of architecture and design.

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