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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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2010 – 2011 Ecological Fields



An exploration of the urban potential of an old industrial site in West London, using a series of digital tools….


Designing Cities with the Informal in Mind

This video is part of a final year masters/postgrad diploma¬†project by James Rixon at the University of Nottingham. The aim…


Segregational Model Based – Urban Simulation and Interractive Tool

. An early experiment on physical boundaries in self organising urban contexts, using Thomas Schelling’s segregational models as the theoretical…


Street Life & the Informal – Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

An experimental approach to urbanism that accepts the self organisational aspects of informal development in Mumbai and attempts to see…


Spatial Computation for Emergent Environments: Experiments in New Approaches to Urbanism

An early experiement in using innovative communicative methodologies to understand and describe how computational techniques are potentially allowing designers to…


Street Life and the Informal – A New Approach to Mumbai’s International Business District

In such rapidly changing environment, a city’s local & marginalised cultures can increasingly be placed at risk of losing their…


Generative Circle Packing

Student: Benjamin Minton Design Project 2 Unit: 5 (change of name this academic year) Studio Unit Leader: Ulysses Sengupta


Scrpting Informal Settlements – Test 1

This video explains the process of my first script written in Python for Maya. It is designed to create a unique model of an informal settlement when run.


Python + Maya Experimentation mk1

This is my first attemt at cracking python script within Maya. I found that in order to render animations, I…