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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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An Application That Looks At The Issues Of Recycling And Development



The aim of this application tool is to enable the residents of East Manchester to have a say in the development of their area as well as creating the means by which Manchester City Council can enable this development.

Looking at the issues of recycling and development, we have found a link through which recycling can generate an income which in turn, can be invested back into the area. Although no causal link actually exists between recycling and development, we plan to create one through the creation of this application.

The way it works: the resident user recycles, that recycling is measured and a certain amount of virtual currency is debited on the user’s account. This currency can be spent on blocks of development which can be placed in real space within the block interface. There are 3 possibilities through which this currency can be spent: to create a building type block, by removing someone else’s building type block or by upgrading an existing building. This information then feeds data to the council who use this data to make decisions about how to develop the area and provide evidence of this development to the resident users which further anchors the system in reality. The more you recycle, the more civic right you earn.


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

Students: Maxime Lesley Dowen, Ross Kilshaw

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova, Eric Cheung

20 October 2015
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