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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 exploration of the urban potential of an old industrial site in West London, using a series of digital tools. Three catalyst points are positioned, locating green space, a community centre, and a signature tower. These then catalyse the generation of the street pattern, while further subdivision rules create individual parcels. Building heights are driven by their proximity to the signature tower, to ensure that it forms the centre of the skyline. Towards the end of the video, some experiments in genetic optimisation are conducted adjusting the placement of the catalyst points such that triangular sites are minimised, while FAR is maximised.


Tools: Grasshopper, Python, After Effects

Designer: Benjamin Minton (Previously student of Ulysses Sengupta & Eric Cheung)

07 December 2014
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