Research

My research involves architectural design, computer methods, creativity, politics of design, urban design, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence and more.

A Machine-Learning Approach to Urban Design Interventions in Non-planned Settlements

This study presents generative adversarial networks (GANs), a machine-learning technique that can be used as an urban design tool capable of learning and reproducing complex patterns that express the unique spatial qualities of non-planned settlements. We report preliminary experimental results of training and testing GAN models on different datasets of urban patterns. The results reveal …

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New open-access research paper: Collective Intelligence in Design Crowdsourcing

Abstract: This study investigates how collective intelligence emerges in crowdsourcing for architectural design. Previous studies have revealed that collective intelligence emerges from collaboration and can outperform individual intelligence. As design is a highly collaborative practice, collective intelligence plays a vital role in the design process. In this study, we compare the structure of two architectural …

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John Gero: Design and Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present, and Future

John Gero has been a professor of design science, architecture, artificial intelligence, computer science, cognitive psychology, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering at Sydney University, MIT, CMU, Columbia, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, EPFL, and University of Provence, amongst others. He has published over 800 research articles and books. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement …

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Humans and Artificial Intelligence in Architectural Design

I gave this lecture at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture colloquium on the 31st of May, 2021. The topic of the lecture is how humans and artificial intelligence can collaborate in a design process. This video is of the lecture only. If you are interested in the full video that includes an introduction and Q&A, …

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A Novel Crowdsourcing-based Approach for Collaborative Architectural Design – eCAADe 2020

This is a video of a presentation about this paper. Abstract: This paper provides an overview of “Architasker”, a large-scale crowdsourcing approach, platform, and method that enables a collaborative professional architectural design process in collaboration with a community of stakeholders. The platform includes communicating complex architectural project requirements; solution space exploration using different micro-tasks like …

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A Novel Crowdsourcing-based Approach for Collaborative Architectural Design

This paper provides an overview of “Architasker”, a large-scale crowdsourcing approach, platform, and method that enables a collaborative professional architectural design process in collaboration with a community of stakeholders. The platform includes communicating complex architectural project requirements; solution space exploration using different micro-tasks like sketching, 2D and 3D CAD; design selection; and design review as …

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Open-source architecture and questions of intellectual property, tacit knowledge, and liability

To cite this article: Jonathan Dortheimer & Talia Margalit (2020) Open-source architecture and questions of intellectual property, tacit knowledge, and liability, The Journal of Architecture, 25:3, 276-294, DOI: 10.1080/13602365.2020.1758950 Abstract Inspired by open-source and crowdsourcing technologies, the concept of ‘open-source architecture’ has been increasingly used to describe collaborative architectural design (CoDesign) in recent years. In …

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Summary of the presentation of the study on Open Source Architecture

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Next week I will present the research I conducted in a thesis at the academic conference “International Conference on Smart Cities: Potentials, Prospects and Discontents”. The study was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Talia Margalit. Here is the summary: Under the influence of open source communities and mass outsourcing technologies, the concept of “Open …

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Aperire – מערכת לבניית חבילת מדיניות באמצעות לוגיקה של חוכמת ההמונים

הקדמה המסמך הבא מתאר את תוכנת Aperire שבניתי בעקבות קורס יישומי לבנית חבילת מדיניות לתחבורה בת קיימא. התוכנה מיישמת את מודל Optic שפותח על ידי תשעה גופי מחקר תחבורתיים שונים על מנת להפיק חבילת מדיניות אופטימלית לתחבורה. מודל Optic מבוסס על שישה שלבים והתוכנה מתמודדת רק עם השלב השני והשלישי מהרשימה הבאה: הגדרת מטרות ויעדים. …

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