Ai-Generated Collective Poems: UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
Project Name: The Poem Pavilion
Project Architect: Es Devlin
Project Location: Dubai Expo 2020
Structural Engineer: Atelier One
Environmental Design Consultant: Atelier Ten
Executive Architect: Veretec
Creative Agency: Avantgarde
UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai by Es Devlin is a giant wooden structure taking the conical form of a musical instrument. This structure that can be perceived as a sculpture honours the diversity and collaboration of different cultures coming together. Highlighting the UK as a land of various cultures and ideas, this pavilion transforms the input into AI-generated collective poems.
The Poem Pavilion with help of machine learning algorithms converts the input from the guests into poems. These poems can be read through the displays placed on the facade that transforms this structure into one of the exhibits itself.
Stephen Hawking’s project named ‘Breakthrough Message’ was the inspirational factor while designing this structure. Using Artificial Intelligence, the contributed words by visitors are collected and spelt out as poems on the 20 m tall facade.
The Mouthpiece located in the central space of the structure welcomes guests to make a donation of one word. The central area showcases the contributed words in Arabic and English and is accompanied by the soundscape. A data algorithm composes these words into meaningful texts, and every one minute, a new collective poem is generated.
The digital model was first trained based on the texts available on the internet and later was incorporated in the project with a selection of 5000 poems curated by a poetry curator team.
The structure is composed of CLT (cross-laminated timber) with wood obtained from Italian and Austrian forests managed on sustainability principles. The form and design of structure display multiple cultures with various elements designed and sourced from different parts of the world. The LED elements are a design of Belgium, manufactured in China with its algorithm developed in California.
“Algorithms are among us, they are an ever-growing part of our culture, their output is based on what they are trained on and who trains them. The pavilion is at once an expression of the ideal of a culturally diverse Britain that I grew up with, tempered with our growing awareness of the part algorithms play in shaping the future of our culture”, mentioned Es Devlin.
The concept behind this design was to express Britain as the converging point for various cultures that attract visitors from around the globe. The structure is a product of efficient collaboration between a team of architects, designers, engineers, and technical professionals.
The performative structure operating with artificial intelligence is a pavilion in the form of a cone with protruding slats extending outwards from the central point. These rows of extending slats altogether form a round facade where the poems are displayed with LED.
The poems recited in English, French, Chinese, and Arabic, the aim is to impart a feeling of unification despite different cultures and lifestyles.
“Poetry brings order to language, and machine-learning is a way to weave our voices together without prejudice while following the rhythms of centuries of poetic thought in a range of diverse cultures,” stated Devlin.
The pavilion is accessed below the cone through a Maze of Aspiration which is well-illuminated. The exhibition enhanced with augmented reality transforms the queue into a maze. This is a smart way of entertaining and educating visitors during their exploration period. They come across the UK’s advancement in the field of artificial intelligence and technological gains in space science.
The poems generated on the facade of Poem Pavilion are done with the help of GPT-2, which is a machine learning model with 1.5 billion parameters defining its language model. This system was finely tuned over selected poems that comprise over a hundred thousand lines of poems.
Accommodated in the Opportunity district, this UK pavilion is a result of a team of structural engineers- Atelier One, a group of environmental design consultants- Atelier Ten, architect- Veretec, and a creative vision by the creative agency- Avantgarde.
Devlin’s interests in machine-generated poems can be marked from the poem portraits in Serpentine Gallery, 2016 as a response to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s invitation to perceive the concept of A Social Sculpture. This passion further continued in 2017 which could be seen in the choral installation of Victoria and Albert Museum where the yearly artist-designed Christmas tree was transformed into a collective carol.
Poetry can be perceived as the most personal and influencing form of expression. Based and composed on the words provided by users, The Poem Pavilion is a creative way that promotes the idea of Storydoing than Storytelling. It invites people from around the world who desire to make a difference.
The participation and contribution of the guests serve them with a unique experience and a sense of ownership. Artificial Intelligence is gaining popularity among creative fields. It serves as the next-gen tool for creative yet science-oriented designs.
Though the poems displayed on this LED facade cannot replace the essence of written poems, they can still prove to be useful in exchanging ideas, thoughts, and to an extent, teaching poetry.
The pavilion welcomes the donation of words that describe life on earth. This pavilion displays a message that may be perceived as powerful and strong for the diversity of people with different cultures, styles, and mindsets.
The UK pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai marks the first one being designed by a female designer. Led by a predominantly womens’ team, this pavilion addresses the poor representation of females in the field of engineering, arts, math, science, and technology.
Apart from this social message, the wise selection of sustainable materials spread awareness amongst the society about the urgency required to minimize the harmful impacts on the natural environment.
The fusion of creativity and technology in this project guided by poetry is an uncommon approach in designing. This is a remarkable example of a design that brings together various disciplines like art, science, and literature together to form a structure that speaks for itself.
The structure talks to the visitors and conveys a strong message through its lit facade. It successfully brings together different cultures and thoughts which are unified with the messages that come up every minute.
For more information about the latest architectural development, keep coming to Architecturesstyle.
Also, do follow us on our Instagram page, Architecturesstyleideas, to get daily updates.
Pink House by 23o5Studio: Interaction with Nature and People
Project Specifications Project Name: Pink House Architect: 23o5Studio Project Location: Long Xuyen, Vietnam Project Year: 2019 Project Area: 290 sq.m…
Qianhai City Center Landmark: A Tower That Resembles “A Cloud Of Spray”
Have you ever seen a floating tower with islands? Your answer will surely be a NO! Recently, in the Qianhaiwan…
Tour Kliff Kingsbury’s House: A Peaceful, Art-Filled Home in Paradise Valley
Being the head coach of an NFL team has its perks. This includes being able to live in a multi-million-dollar…
Amazing Futuristic Houses Ideas That Actually Exist On This Planet!
We all have a dream of living in a luxurious home that would fulfill all our comforts, right! But have…
Modern Chinese Architecture: Top 10 Incredible Modern Houses in China!
China has been one of the most prolific countries in terms of innovative engineering and amazing architecture. Now, its booming…
Top Differences Between Residential and Commercial Buildings
The difference between residential and commercial property is commonly known but there are many technical details that should also be…
Top 10 Tips to Choose the Best Windows for Home
If you are thinking about building a new home or remodeling your existing one, you may wonder about how to…
9 Most Photogenic Universities Worldwide
The most award-winning university campuses have sophisticated designs, elegant dining halls, and impressive decorations for photogenic universities worldwide. These idyllic…
7 Reasons to Renovate Your House in a Modern Architectural Style
If you are thinking about renovate your house, especially the exterior, and giving it a completely new, fresh look you…
Renovation of House in Chau Doc – A Project by Nishizawa Architects
Living in a quality life alongside the flood-prone area easy not something anyone would have thought about. Like obviously, you…
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile: Welcoming Guests into the Magic
Project Specifications Name of the Project: Montaña Mágica Lodge Project Location: Huilo Huilo Biosphere, Chile Project Type: Hotel Source: avatars.mds.yandex.net…
Babyn Yar Synagogue by Manuel Herz Architects in Kyiv, Ukraine
Project Specifications Architects: Manuel Herz Architects Location: Babyn Yar, Ukraine Area: 150 m² Year: 2021 In May 2021, Ukraine unveiled…