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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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East Manchester Network Simulation

This simulation was created as an initial response to our site analysis of East Manchester. It was generated based on a questionnaire for 25 people in Openshaw and shows the connections between people and their preferred shops and leisure facilities. The simulation aims to illustrate how these connections react to change, i.e. what happens if one of these shops or leisure facilities disappears, moves, or if new ones appear? In order to predict these reactions, the questionnaire was aimed at investigating the reasons behind people’s preferences, e.g. distance, cost, variety offered, etc. These reasons become the parameters of our simulation. Every connection is based on these parameters, and as a consequence every reaction depends on these parameters as well. The simulation depicts the accumulation of factors needed to trigger a change in preference (of shop or leisure facility). This helps us predict when the existing connections will break and where new ones will be formed as a reaction to shops or leisure facilities disappearing, appearing and moving. This system of connections and its reactions to change also relates to Holling’s concepts of ecological and engineering resilience.

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

Students: Adeniyi Adekunle, Ivana Tosheva, Larissa Weinmann

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova

23 October 2014
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