Exploring the Synergy of Human and Machine Creativity in Architecture

The title of the project unLoc is inspired by the concept of locus of control, which we use as a metaphorical reference to the symbolism of the architecture of power. In the project, we explore how the history of power relations is reflected in architecture. We use new technologies that can change the way people perceive and understand architecture.
Using historical and social inspirations, computer programming and artificial intelligence, we create a platform for alternative visions of urban space. The project is embedded in the broad context of the history of architecture, urban planning and the ways in which social control, influence and conflict manifest themselves through the structure of public space. We analyse the "architecture of power" to select objects with a "difficult history" that are symbols of power and dependence. We focus the research area to post-communist architecture in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc.
We explore alternative possibilities, artistic inspiration and dialogue between urban space and its inhabitants. We want to provide the tool for better understanding of the needs of the city residents, discussing different perspectives and approaches for the urban planning and the platform for creating sustainable and well designed cities.

Project duration: 2024-2025
Researchers: PhD Liene Jākobsone, Dr.-techn. Eva Sommeregger, Dina Suhanova
Project partners: Institute of Art and Design, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Art Academy of Latvia, BEIA Consult International, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest
Project No. 101003758, Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe
Project total budget
: 491 599 EUR
Project coordinator at LMA: PhD Liene Jākobsone