The Smithsonian’s blockbuster FUTURES show in November will feature an AI-powered installation from Autodesk that will let guests become urban planners
By Matt Hickman
In late February of this year, the Smithsonian Institution first revealed plans for FUTURES, a blockbuster exhibition-slash-festival of the future designed by David Rockwell that will span across four separate zones across the halls of the Smithsonian’s historic Arts & Industries Building (AIB) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Time hasn’t been entirely too kind to the landmark 1881 brick museum building originally designed by Cluss & Schulze, which has been closed to the public since 2004 over structural concerns. The AIB, however, will temporarily reopen for the first time in nearly two decades to host FUTURES in celebration of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary. The exhibition kicks off in November of this year and runs through July 2022.
Now, the Smithsonian has announced a major component of FUTURES in the form of The Co-Lab, a first-of-its-kind collaborative design experience developed with Autodesk that invites exhibition guests to co-create their own city of the future. In designing what a news release calls “better, greener communities in real-time” with The Co-Lab, exhibition visitors will receive a crucial assist from a generative artificial intelligence acting as their all-purpose, in-house planning and design partner.
Aside from the AI-driven interactive element that will invite the public to play city builder for the day, The Co-Lab will also feature an installation, itself titled The Co-Lab, that takes the form of a 22-foot-tall “seemingly impossible cantilevered structure” within the AIB as a central feature of the Futures that Unite hall, one of the four aforementioned exhibition zones. (Focused on inclusivity and connectivity, the zone explores ways we can work together toward a shared future.)
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