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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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Spatial Computation for Emergent Environments: Experiments in New Approaches to Urbanism

An early experiement in using innovative communicative methodologies to understand and describe how computational techniques are potentially allowing designers to start conceptualising and working with self organised urban systems that work on the basis of local interractions and flocking behaviours. The first thought is not to design the objects, but to think of setting the rules of the system. How else will we start to address urbanism which incorporates the informal and emergent possibilities. The final thesis project was set in Mumbai and was exhibited in Unplannable Cities (see earlier post).

Institution: The University of Nottingham (Architecture & Built Environment)
Students: Matthew Sandhu & Jon Pick
Unit 5 YR 6
The University of Nottingham
Supervisor: Ulysses Sengupta (Director Soft-grid.net)
Tutor: Eric Cheung

Note: This work is for the purposes of academic research and students have been allowed to borrow images from various sources to communicate their ideas and context.

10 May 2012
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