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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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Manchester Piccadilly 2050

The aim of the project is to examine the future adaptation of Manchester Piccadilly station in the context of the forthcoming changes in the area.

By 2032 the new High Speed 2 system will be operating, thus significantly increasing the number of train services arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. By 2050 this number could double.

The aim of my project is to develop an analytical tool to alter peoples’ flows within the station. Understanding the current network topologies would allow to later experiment and transform these in order to adapt to the changing capacity.

This tool will allow me to design circulation which will lead to a design solution that would allow the station to accommodate the drastic increase in number of trains and passengers using the station.


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

Students: Ivana Tosheva

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova


24 April 2015
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