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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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Applying the Three Ecologies [1989] – Felix Guattari

‘There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds.’ – Gregory Bateson

We have adopted the thesis of the three ecologies (or ‘ecosophy’ as it is referred to) and used the approach as a theoretical framework for the development for our socio – technological tool which aims to help spark underlying desires/needs in the regeneration of East Manchester. The images accompanying this post aim to illustrate the use of the framework. The diagram uses a cubotahedron, which consists of 12 identical different vertices. Through the use of this shape, the state of equilibrium is illustrated and how techno-scientific mutations and demographic growth can influence the balance of the urban environment through catalytic antagonisms. Guattari’s resolution on this theoretical approach to creating equilibrium in ecosophy depends on the state of three attributes: a nascent subjectivity, a constantly mutating socius and an environment in the process of being renovated. We aim to achieve such adaptive qualities in our approach and through our digital tool.

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

Students: Patrick Lyth and Jordon Lambert

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova


01 November 2014
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