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This map shows an AI view of London’s buildings

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James Manning

There are about 1 million buildings in London, and while humans have been mapping them for yonks, technology is only now revealing the hidden patterns that underlie our city’s seemingly haphazard architecture.

As part of its series of ‘FormMaps’, design studio Certain Measures has used AI bots to scan and remap the capital’s buildings – not according to geographical location, but in a complex taxonomy of shape and architectural form. The Barbican’s ‘AI: More Than Human’ show includes a video projection of the results, titled ‘A Machine View of London’. It may not look much like London to human eyes – but they probably said the same thing about the tube map once.

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