A Question of Style – Style, Artificial Intelligence and Architecture

The painting Portrait of Edmond Belamy, by the Paris-based art collective Obvious14, is based on a Generative Adversarial Network(GAN) that was trained with a set of 15,000 portrait examples spanning from the 14th to 19th century.

The complexity of the term Style consists in the unusual weight and flexibility of the concept itself. In essence, the concept defines the main basic rulesets of artistic achievement and excellence. The term Style itself is a latecomer to the considerations of the examination of artistic endeavor and is being discussed in a fierce fashion to this very day. The term Style in this frame of conversation can be divided into two specific cases. Case one is the idea of Style in Architecture. Case two is the use of the term in Computer Science. In combination, these two instances form the frame of this essay on the emergence of novel considerations of style in the architecture discipline through the application of Neural Networks. More specifically: through the adoption of Style transfer as a technique.

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