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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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Field Intersection Map

We have been looking at three main developments in East Manchester – Etihad Stadium, New Smithfield Market and the regenerated canals. After reading “Field Conditions”, a chapter from the book “Points + lines” by S. Allen, we decided to make an attempt and visualise the fields of each previously researched intervention. For this exercise we defined “fields” as highly fluid, based on the interactions and relationships between the elements of which they are composed. For each intervention we chose networks and relations, which formed the proposed field.

The routes goods travel from New Smithfield Market to the end customer are the relationships, that form its field. Etihad Stadium’s field-forming links are proposed future developments, resulting in a rather potential field –  we mapped the plots that could be regenerated by the council’s profit from the stadium. As previously researched, the canal proved to have huge influence on some of the surrounding developments, so it was only logical to take this on board as its field-creating relationships.
After putting them all together, we noticed several nodes of spatial overlapping – physical places where all three projected fields cross. The next step we undertake will be to analyse in depth the current status and future potential of these points.
Based on:
ALLEN, S. 1999. Field Conditions. Points+ lines: diagrams and projects for the city, Princeton Architectural Press.


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

Students: Plamena Yotova, Paulina Kowalska, and Mat Walker

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova

23 October 2014
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