For our final assignment, we were ask to concentrate and explore in depth a particular logic that we were most interested in the entire semester.

Our group decided to focus on the digital logics path and explored the notion of adaptive intelligence.  Following on from Nicholas Negroponte’s concept “towards an architectural machine” – we wanted to explore the notion of whether machines would be able to adapt due to numerous feedback from a network of machines. In order to explore the feasibility of this notion, we were asked to scrutinize the concept and come up with many ways that the system can fault.



A simple means to demonstrate our findings was to demonstrate the concept through a gameshow.



The game we chose was the game of chinese whispers. Here the players would represent the different machines or components at work.



When the message is simple, the chain of communication was clear and the message was carried through correctly till the end.



However,when the message is vague and open for interpretation – the message can be wrongly interpreted, and hence, resulting in a negative or unwanted response. To demonstrate this we ask the last person of the chain to complete the act, rather than repeat the message.

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It is then necessary to redesign the tool of design and the concept of placemaking itself.  – There is no longer static definition of programme but rather a flexible framework that allows multiple iterations of programmes.


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Advanced Architecture Concepts: Adaptive Intelligence is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master of Advanced Architecture in 2015/16 by:


Jonathan Irawan

Sameera Chukkapalli

Peter Magnus


Ricardo Devesa

Maite Bravo

Manuel Gausa