AI doesn’t replace architects but supports them

  • Publish On 25 February 2021
  • 5 minutes

Researcher and data scientist Stanislas Chaillou investigates how AI can enable architects to support and enhance their practice. A small sampler of a new book published by Éditions du Moniteur in March 2021.

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