"What happened to the concept of human beings collaborating on a design" asks commenter
In this week's comments update, readers discussed Tilly Talbot, a designer powered by artificial intelligence, as well as other top architecture and design stories.
The digital figure appeared in a video format at Milan design week reciting an introduction with an "AI" watermark next to her face, which the studio said was important to clarify that "Tilly is not human but is artificial intelligence (AI) and part of our community".
"Lots of us use AI to assist with design"
Heywood Floyd was not impressed by the fact that "the interface is always a wispy model dream girl." He also asked when we'd "see an overweight elderly AI," to which Lily profusely agreed.
Scott Holland didn't seem too phased by the looks of Tilly but wondered what "what happened to the concept of human beings collaborating on a design instead of with a computer." He found the concept "very interesting" on the one hand but "on the other, very sad."
"Lots of us use AI to assist with design," said Kelly. "We just haven't given it a name and we aren't pretending it's a person."
Marcus Harvey, however, was not convinced at all: "What a load of tosh."
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"This is the modernist architect's wet dream"
Toronto-based studio B+H Architects has created an archival storage facility in Gatineau, Quebec, with a massive double-layer concrete envelope and automated retrieval systems.
"Very imposing, scary, intriguing, but strangely beautiful," commented Frank Beukenkamp. "Art and documents will survive a nuclear strike."
Puzello agreed: "As ubiquitous as the cube shape is, I find these images quite beautiful, floating on the horizon line."
"This is the modernist architect's wet dream; pure form and no sign of humanity," argued Jb.
Jacob Volanski put it simply: "Love a good cube."
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"The mummy (of deconstructivism) returns"
American architect Eric Owen Moss has completed the (W)rapper office tower in Los Angeles, which was named for the structural support system that covers the facade.
The tower was clearly not Marc Sicard's taste: "Lots of ugly buildings around, but this one looks like it's somehow actively ugly," they said. "Like it tries really hard to be the ugliest possible."
"This is a masterwork of design and will stand the test of time," disagreed William Worthington. Pwnado Season was on the same page and found the building "absolutely brilliant".
According to Jz, the "mummy (of deconstructivism) returns!"
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"It is getting crowded on the CLT bandwagon"
Timber battens and mullions cover the facade of the cross-laminated-timber Spruce House in Walthamstow, London, which readers are debating.
K Pedersen Aia was impressed by the "contextual response" and by the "use of wood to establish rhythm in the facade." The reader wasn't too sure about the stairs, claiming that they'll be "loud and dusty".
In Groosdad's opinion, "the chilly interior needs a big colourful painting by Walthamstow artist Doug Kemp." "It needs "proof of life," they continued.
"It is getting crowded on the CLT bandwagon," argued Marius, who wondered "how the "light coloured wood will look in London after 10 years."
Jb wasn't sold: "That streetscape response is top shock, but the rest is Ikea flatpack."
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