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How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture

06:00 - 23 March, 2017
How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture, Courtesy of IBM
Courtesy of IBM

IBM and New-York-based design studio SOFTlab have teamed up to create the first thinking sculpture, inspired by Gaudí and developed with IBM’s Watson cognitive technology for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

In order to help design the sculpture, Watson was taught about the history and style of Gaudí and the architecture of Barcelona through volumes of images, literary works, articles, and even music. From these references, Watson helped to uncover critical insights on patterns in Gaudí's work—like crabs, spiders, and color palettes—that the design team didn't initially associate with Gaudí. The resulting four-meter-tall sculpture features a structural surface made of over 1200 unique aluminum parts, and is unmistakably reminiscent of Gaudí’s work both in look and feel, yet entirely distinct.

The sculpture was on display from February 27 to March 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it interacted with visitors by changing shape in real-time, in response to sentiments from Twitter. To learn more about the sculpture, ArchDaily was given to opportunity to speak with IBM Watson Manager Jonas Nwuke.

Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM +10

Pizzeria Massa / FLEXOARQUITECTURA

05:00 - 22 March, 2017
Pizzeria Massa / FLEXOARQUITECTURA, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +13

Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes

05:00 - 17 March, 2017
Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
© Simon Garcia

© Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Manager

    Ute Müncheberg
  • Group Leaders

    Angel Sendarrubias, Pau Casaldàliga
  • Area

    1020.0 m2
  • Photographs

Beats / Nook architects + byn studio

13:00 - 16 March, 2017
Beats / Nook architects + byn studio, Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual
Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual

Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual +19

Call for Submissions to 3rd Editiof of European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA

21:00 - 14 March, 2017
Call for Submissions to 3rd Editiof of European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, Second Edition. Winner of the category A: Public library in Ceuta. Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. Photo by Roland Halbe
Second Edition. Winner of the category A: Public library in Ceuta. Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. Photo by Roland Halbe

The Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, arises from the belief that heritage, as a vehicle for social integration and an economic vitalizing resource for the community, deserves to be appreciated and encouraged. In the current context, in which architectural heritage is considered not only to be a fundamental instrument of knowledge but also a first rate socio-economic resource for the sustainable development of the territory, the disclosure, distinction and recognition of works and quality projects contributing to the preservation of the collective memory is imperative.

Farmhouse Refurbishment in Santa Margarida de Montbui / Arquitectura -G

14:00 - 13 March, 2017
Farmhouse Refurbishment in Santa Margarida de Montbui / Arquitectura -G, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Margarida de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough

12:00 - 7 March, 2017

Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Barcelona Pavilion is one of the most well-loved structures in the history of architecture, a de facto pilgrimage site for architects and architecture lovers around the world. Now, even those unable to make the trip have the opportunity to get a tour of the beautiful structure, thanks to a new virtual walkthrough produced by The Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Co-Working Office / APPAREIL

06:00 - 6 March, 2017
Co-Working Office / APPAREIL, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Edouard Cabay, Massimo D’Aiello, Sonia Lamesa Pina, Alejandro Rondón
  • Area

    205.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

TR House / PMMT

04:00 - 27 January, 2017
TR House / PMMT, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Team

    Alex Herráez, Joana Cornudella, Luis Gotor
  • Area

    506.02 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

A Door for my Parents / Genoveva Carrión Ruiz

05:00 - 31 December, 2016
 A Door for my Parents / Genoveva Carrión Ruiz, © Nelohagen
© Nelohagen

© Nelohagen © Nelohagen © Nelohagen © Nelohagen +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Illustrator of Ceramic Murals

    Sergio Membrillas
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura

06:00 - 29 December, 2016
Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura, © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca
© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca

© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca +24

Raised Gardens of Sants in Barcelona / Sergi Godia + Ana Molino architects

11:00 - 14 December, 2016
Raised Gardens of Sants in Barcelona / Sergi Godia + Ana Molino architects, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona Sants, Carrer del Rector Triadó, 75, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergi Godia, Ana Molino arquitectos, Esteyco Ingeniería
  • Area

    48400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Montbau Library Rehabilitation / OliverasBoix Arquitectes

13:00 - 11 December, 2016
Montbau Library Rehabilitation / OliverasBoix Arquitectes, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +17

Loft MdP / FFWD Arquitectes

09:00 - 8 December, 2016

Courtesy of FFWD Arquitectes © David Benito Cortázar © David Benito Cortázar © David Benito Cortázar +19

Home in Mitre / Bajet Giramé

05:00 - 28 November, 2016
Home in Mitre  / Bajet Giramé, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ronda del General Mitre, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    140.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MESURA office / MESURA

05:00 - 29 October, 2016
MESURA office  / MESURA, © Salva López
© Salva López

© Salva López © Salva López © Salva López © Salva López +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcos Parera
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House Between Party Walls / Josep Ferrando

09:00 - 27 October, 2016
House Between Party Walls / Josep Ferrando, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, España
  • Area

    225 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Blue Wave Bar / El Equipo Creativo

02:00 - 22 October, 2016
Blue Wave Bar  / El Equipo Creativo, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    08039 Barcelona, Spain
  • Author Architects

    Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo, Lucas Echeveste Lacy
  • Photographs