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Complexity, Planning & Urbanism

New MArch Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture: Developing new theoretical approaches & computational tools using a complexity science framework (systems, self-organisation, emergence, intelligence, structural change, adaptation) for the design, management, governance and understanding of future cities related to climate change, citizen participation, development strategies, resilient interventions, policy making, urban morphology and capacity management.

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Space Event Movement

Miles Platting is undergoing a huge transformation. Currently, it is a quiet residential family-based neighbourhood and I wish to maintain this identity of the place.

By analysising the current issues on site: (a) Barricades/fences between the communities (b) New and Old (c) Dull Streets/Sidewalks (d) Unbalanceness: contrasting heights (and by understanding the current rules)

Using the concept of architecture as ‘space, event and movement’ as a driving tool with the help of computational tool, my project is a response to the problems stated as above.

The transformation will include: (a) Restructuring new sidewalks/streets (b) Redesigning new housing typologies (c) Social values of potential open spaces (d) Introducing safer sidewalks & streets (Removal of fences) (e) Stitching urban types

Based on the existing urban fabric, new plots will be redesigned. These plot will accommodate a wide range of housing and mixed-use building typologies.

Proposed redesigned new hybrid mixed-use typology will include: (a) family units (for existing residents) (b) private duplex residential units (c) private green spaces for each units (d) retail units

The decisions are site driven and based on studies of existing housing types and existing population within the site. This will not only welcome new residents from outside but also relocate existing families back to their neighbourhood. Hence, tying back Miles Platting into the surrounding neighbourhoods and the urban fabric of the city.

The existing tower blocks along Oldham Road will set the maximum height for the development. The new tower blocks will be designed to be no higher than these tower blocks. They will gradually decrease in height towards the canal without overshadowing the existing neighbourhood (along Holland Street).

Clients: (a) Existing Miles Platting residents (b) Growing population of working people (in nearby neighbourhoods)

Social dimension: (a) Safer, eventful sidewalks (b) Flexible and cross-programming

Manchester School of Architecture. MArch Program. CPU (Complexity Planning & Urbanism)

Student: Kim Kyi Chaw May

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova


24 April 2015