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Guven Ozel SUPRASTUDIO Singularity
Guvenc Ozel, Lecturer, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Natasha Bajc, Lecturer, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

This SUPRASTUDIO: SINGULARITY focuses on the relationship between the user, data, architectural form and motion through pursuing artificial intelligence as a meta-theme.  As objects and environments gain intelligence they develop responses to human presence with varying degrees of autonomy. Current experiments in sensing technology, digital fabrication and virtual environments expresses this desire to transform architecture into an intelligent form of technology that can autonomously negotiate between the human body, human psyche, the environment and other parameters, further erasing the differentiation between the digital and physical worlds within the totality of human experience. Therefore, the studio focused on dynamic formal systems through a methodical exploration of generative design, digital fabrication and media technology. Algorithmic coding platforms, 3D printing, physical computing and virtual reality are some of the tools and methods in which the studio team was explored. Rather than prioritizing a singular technology of architectural production, the studio explored the relationship between various technologies as ecosystems of humans and machine logics.  

Examples of complexity in natural systems like neural networks serve as the models from which we derive an understanding of artificial intelligence. An artificially intelligent architecture, however, can no longer be characterized by its formal imitation of natural processes or its practical response to their existence. Rather it can be defined by the complexity of its own behavior as it autonomously navigates through a singular world of biology and data. When environments gain autonomous intelligence, what form will they take in 
the physical world? Such architecture will need to be active, reactive and interactive. An intelligent architecture would focus on perception and action rather than composition and authorship. Strategies for addressing the problems of motion and action open up new opportunities for form and design. Therefore, main objective for the studio is to challenge the boundaries of the human body and the physical environment through an exploration of architecture as an interactive technology. 

Students: Abdul Waded Ali, Ruslan Antonenko, Mertcan Buyuksandalyaci, Panpan Cao, Tsuyng-Yen Hsieh, Yuanzhi Li, Yimiao Lin, Shahrzad Razi, Simi Shenoy, Chen Sun, Tian Tang, Zheng Yang, Meng Zhang, Xixiao Zhang, Andi Zheng, Yuyun Zheng.

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