What would America’s top landmarks look like, reimagined by some of the most famous and controversial architects that have ever lived? An Instagram account, Imagined Architecture, created a stir with a ‘reimagined’ White House designed by world-famous architects. DailyMail.com used the AI art app Midjourney to create reimagined versions of some other famous American landmarks – with some striking and surreal results. With architects ranging from modernist genius Anthony Gaudi and British-Iranian ‘Queen of Curves’ Zaha Hadid, Midjourney has reimagined everything from the Chrysler Building to the Statue of Liberty in a typically surreal style.
San Francisco-based Midjourney is a rival to OpenAI’s Dall-E, which is now integrated into its iconic ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbot. Like ChatGPT, it can be controlled by simple text prompts, and can generate everything from realistic photographs to paintings: it’s controlled through the Discord chat app, and available to subscribers from $10 a month. Mount Rushmore redesigned by Rem Koolhaas: Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University, and was listed as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2008.
The Statue of Liberty redesigned by Frank Gehry: Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry has been described by Vanity Fair as ‘the most important architect of our age’.
The White House redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright: Iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright created more than 1,000 buildings – and his ‘Prairie style’ is the basis of many residences in the U.S.A.
Gateway Arch, St Louis as designed by Tadao Ando: Self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando is famous for designs emphasizing nothingness and empty space.
The Golden Gate Bridge designed by Zaha Hadid: Baghdad-born Hadid and said that trips to ancient Sumerian cities in southern Iraq sparked her interest in architecture.
The Chrysler Building redesigned by Tadao: Ando Ando won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1995, despite never having formal training in architecture – he worked as a boxer and fighter before becoming an architect.
The Golden Gate Bridge redesigned by Santiago Calatrava: Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is well known for designing buildings that look like living organisms – although few are quite as unusual as this bridge which appears to go directly into the sea.
The Capitol redesigned in the Style of Louis Sullivan: Known as the ‘father of skyscrapers’, Louis Sullivan was a big influence on fellow American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
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By Daily Mail Online, November 11, 2023