data mining the city

Computers have changed the way we design our buildings and understand their urban contexts, with tools such as parametric design altering the way we formulate design problems and arrive at new solutions. Now, Machine Learning gives the possibility of going beyond directed, top-down computation, allowing computers to learn patterns and gain new understanding directly from supplied data. Among the many opportunities given by this new paradigm, such a system can allow designers to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between the physical reality of the city with our personal and emotional responses to it. The Data Mining the City cluster will explore these new opportunities by prototyping custom hardware to simultaneously gather both physical and personal data about the city, and then using Machine Learning algorithms to discover patterns and correlations between the physical realities of the city and our personal experiences of it.


cluster champions

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Danil Nagy is a Principal Research Scientist at The Living, an Autodesk Studio. His work and research focuses on computational design, generative geometry, advanced fabrication, machine learning, and data visualisation. Danil has spoken and presented work at a variety of conferences and venues, including the Design Modelling Symposium, Biofabricate, Techonomy:Bio, and ACM SIGGRAPH.

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Jim Stoddart is an Associate Research Scientist at The Living, an Autodesk Studio. His work focuses on applications of novel technologies to real-world design problems, including new materials, development of custom digital fabrication workflows, and exploration of new visualisation technologies. His work has been exhibited in a variety of venues including the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Lorenzo Villaggi is an Associate Research Scientist at The Living, an Autodesk Studio. His work focuses on generative design, new materials, and novel forms of visualisation. Lorenzo also co-founded and co-edits : (pronounced “colon”), a collective work-shop on architectural practices based in New York City. His work has been exhibited in many internationally renowned venues including Milan Design Week and the New Museum