Regulatory Nonsense: I forced a bot to write building and planning regulations


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What might the world be like if poets wrote our building and planning regulations? What if regulations were written by other writers too, not just poets, but also storytellers, songwriters, screenwriters, artists, choreographers, and philosophers?

The things governing bodies choose to regulate—and the methods they use to evaluate compliance—tell a story about what we, as a society, collectively value. But as the space between regulatory compliance and design intention collapses under the weight of relentless, aggressive value management processes, the regulation takes on new urgency as a site of creative resistance.

Join researcher-practitioner Loren Adams as she takes us on a journey through her recent project where she forced a bot to write building and planning regulations.

“Regulatory Nonsense” sees building and planning codes, standards, policies, legislation, and regulations iteratively written and rewritten using a suite of clumsy, bespoke natural language processing artificial intelligence bots.

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