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Posted by  d on November 05, 2002 at 12:36:34:

In Reply to:  intelligent buildings posted by Ronan Arthur on November 05, 2002 at 09:38:24:

I assume you mean "buildings which are intelligent" as opposd to "buildings which are designed intelligently"...

I am not an engineer but it seems to me that "intelligent " buildings will be part of the larger class of intelligent "systems"...

As such, they will fall in the general category of autamata, of robotics, of what used to be called "cybernetics"....

Here is hunch of mine; if , as you say, "intelligent" structures are being ignored by architects, this may be evidence that there is no general theory accepted at an academic level.
This , in turn, may imply that early in the evolution of the study of artificial intelligence, there was a reluctance to extend the theory of buildings as machines into architecture...
Energy which could have gone into the study of computer-aided
structures may have been diverted to the study of computer-aided design....

But why?

Again- a wild guess...
What if the architect, generally, prefers to think of structure as a passive , subordinate block of space, essentially like the clay into which a god breathes life...
This view of architecture is directly challenged, even overturned, by any philosophy which allows the "clay" some awareness or spirit of its own...
Which, presumably, "intelligent" buildings will manifest...

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