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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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Master-planning Holt Town – Adaptability Not Visions

Using mixed hybrid typologies, I intend to address the issues raised with Holt Town’s previous master-planning proposals which provided a fixed outcome with inadaptable building functions or densities to meet current requirements. I will approach the design of Holt Town with adaptability as a design principle from the outset; considering buildings not as finished products, but as imperfect objects whose form evolves and shifts to fit into the demands of society through time. Designing buildings with adaptable qualities will allow for future alterations with minimal disruption to their existing fabric and could help reduce the risk of building obsolescence.

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

Students: Catherine McCann

Supervisors: Ulysses Sengupta, Rob Hyde, Deljana Iossifova

24 April 2015
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