Misuse of Artificial Intelligence, Pt. 1: What if Frank Lloyd Wright designed Wrigley Field?

There is a lot of discussion about the future impact artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence), but the positive thing is that technology can bring to life some interesting alternatives. Here, we have run some interesting scenarios through the AI ​​generator regarding Distinctive stadiums and architects: what if Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Wrigley Field?

We have some amazing visionary architects and designers working in the sports industry these days. It has been a niche field ever since Zachary Taylor Davis He first submitted plans for White Sox Park—later Comiskey Park—to Charlie Comiskey, and pursued designs for Wegman Park (Later Wrigley Field) And Los Angeles Wrigley Field. While he did much other work in government construction and packing plants, he is known these days as the industry’s first master architect/designer, and the first of many players in baseball, whose names include Joe Speer, Earl Santee, and Janet Marie Smith.

Stadium projects have been taken up by some prominent architects and designers: Inc Cass Gilbertwho designed the famous Woolworth Tower in New York City, designed a football stadium for Saint Paul Saints; Robert M. Stern It was renovated in 1996 Angel Stadium; Edward Doryl Stone The famous roof line – the “crown of arches” of 96 arches – and other elements contributed to this Bush II Stadium; And both Norman Bel Geddes And R. Buckminster Fuller A. was shot Brooklyn Dodgers Domed Stadium.

However, there is a level of global architect, whose body of work transcends genre and changes the entire world of architecture. Today they can be called com. starchitects; In the past they were just famous architects. Zachary Taylor Davis was an architect in Chicago at a time when Chicago architecture was changing the world. During his formative years he worked as an apprentice at Visionary Louis Sullivannicknamed the city’s “Father of Skyscrapers”, whose motto – “Form follows function” – guided a generation of architects through the birth of Modernism.

Ending his tenure as an apprentice at Sullivan when Davis joined the firm of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan: Frank Lloyd WrightWho took Sullivan’s lessons and created what he called Organic Architecture and the Prairie School. Wright is widely considered America’s greatest architect. He was certainly the first famous architect in terms of popular culture. His designs are distinctive, from beautiful Usonian homes to grand homes like Fallingwater to bold urban designs like Broadacre City to entire college campuses like Florida Southern. It’s hard to miss the distinctive design and feel of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building. He never designed a sports facility, Although his archives contain an unrealized rendering of the new Belmont Park grandstand, dated 1956.

With that in mind, enter artificial intelligence.

We used Microsoft Bing Image Creator, powered by DALL·E 3 ChatGPT AI engine – to create images of what Wrigley Field would look like if designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the first of a “What About” series of what iconic ballparks would look like if they were designed by star architects in this installment. (We already know what today’s star architect will design: Remember, it was Bjarke Ingels Group — BIG — that did the conceptual designs for the waterfront Howard Terminal ballpark proposed by the Oakland A’s.) Wright started his career in Chicago, so it’s not quite a stretch.

Here are the offers generated by Bing:

These renderings appear to have captured the basic look of Wrigley Field and introduced some standard Wright design elements.

These views should not be taken literally, and other AI tools will provide different visions of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Wrigley Field. (In fact: One simulation resulted in a football stadium roughly twice the size of Wrigley Field, reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.) But these games are great, nonetheless, and we’re excited to launch this series. Next: Paul Rudolph in Texas.

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