‘Delirious Facade’ by LAMAS is a design project that uses image processing artificial intelligence as a generator for architectural form and ornament. The project takes facades that exist in Toronto and uses their visual signatures or patterns as the material for the generation of hybrid facades using Google’s open source DeepDream algorithm. In short we create hybrid facades by asking the computer to hallucinate one building in the image of another.
The resulting facade proposals are inherently contextual, and relate to historical precedent but do so in ways that are not tied down to dominant formal narratives. These are not modernist facades but they are equally at odds with postmodernism. If anything they are altermodern, they are made in the heterochrony of the present. They are formed “in medias res”, (in the middle of things) and embody the present moment in all its delirium.
‘Delirious Facade’ is one of the many exhibitions and events happening at stackt as part of DesignTO 2020. See ‘Design Collection @ stackt‘ for details on a public opening and industry meet-up.