Autonomy enables adaptive built environment

Designers’ novel thinking about data, tools and methods is advancing to a point where it’s possible to foresee an autonomously crafted built environment, one that mimics nature’s ability to adapt to environmental change over time. This technology will be a vital way of dealing with the effects of an increasingly volatile climate.

When built environments’ systems possess artificial intelligence (AI) fed by sensors a degree of autonomous decision making becomes possible. Autonomy is achieved by combining local learning from cameras and sensors, correlated to data and intelligence drawn from other AI-enabled assets. 

Built environments that respond to a changing climate

Alvise Simondetti

I’m a member of the foresight, reasearch and innovation team at Arup, responsible for developing realtime synthetic environments...

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