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 of the project was to:
1) Develop a loose urban simulation tool that roughly followed the type of informal propagation to be seen in Mumbai. The aim of the simulation model is to sufficiently simulate self organisational rules so as to have a self generating topotography that would if left without constraints develop into an infinite slum like topography. The visual aspects of the model are less important than the properties, characteristics and rules observed in reality and integrated into the model.
2) Following the development of the informal encroachment simulator, to examine the influence of various spatial disturbances on the ground in Mumbai such as sloped topography, upstands, walls, trees, overhead roads, railway lines, existing buildings, typical routes and potential flood risk areas, and develop the possibility of reactions to these elements as environmental conditions within the simulative model.
3) Design an area of Mumbai using the knowledge gained from the simulative experiments to balance between formal (designed) and informal (allowed to encroach, sometimes deterred and sometimes encouraged through environmental design elements) development within the city in order to encourage a positive symbiotic relationship between typically competing/exclusive urban topologies.
Designer/Researcher: James Rixon
Tutor: Ulysses Sengupta, Eric Cheung
13 August 2013
Tags: alternative urbanism, architecture, complexity, computational urban, design unit 6, digital urban, eric cheung, informal, james rixon, mumbai, scripting, self organization, slum, socio-spatial, spatial planning, ulysses sengupta, urban design, urban futures