Designing Intelligence: The Value of Cybernetics in Architecture

The so-called artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly prevalent in various fields. Technological advancements in data production, storage, and processing capabilities, coupled with the latest machine learning algorithms are creating a uniformity where machine intelligence is often recognized in a limited fashion in contemporary techno-culture as well as in architecture. As the current mainstream AI practices rapidly gain dominance, machine intelligence research is reduced to a narrow definition and specific modalities, in contrast to diverse interpretations propagated by fields such as cybernetics.

The talk will explore a number of efforts that aim to acknowledge and advance the role of cybernetic epistemology, concepts, and models in machine intelligence research in architecture. It will particularly focus on a project developed as an experiment to test certain arguments around that objective within a pedagogical context.


Ensar Temizel’s research is rooted in the exploration of the historical and contemporary intersections between architecture and computer technologies, with a particular interest in the field of cybernetics. He is primarily engaged in investigating the role of cybernetics in machine intelligence research in architecture inspired by the work and legacy of Gordon Pask. Temizel earned his PhD in Architecture from Middle East Technical University in 2022. He has been honored with various grants and awards, including a fellowship in the Doctoral Research Residency Program of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He recently completed his post- doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, where he also worked as a visiting scholar and adjunct instructor.

Date: 08/07/2024 Monday
Time: 12:30-13:30
Place: FFZ-21


Department of Architecture Bilkent University FF-304A
06800 Ankara – TURKEY


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