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Senior Lecturer

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Homepage : http://www.complexurban.com/


Ulysses Sengupta is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. Sengupta is the founder of Complexity Planning and Urbanism (CPU), a research group and Masters atelier at MSA using a complexity framework to develop new digital tools, computational thinking and urban theory addressing spatio-temporal dynamics in urban processes. His research is transdisciplinary and currently spans Future Cities, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, agile governance and cities as complex adaptive systems. Sengupta engages with planning for evolving city systems, digital participation and inclusion, data platforms for resilient cities and urban simulations for sustainable future scenarios. He also heads Advanced Digital Design (ADD) at MSA and is currently a collaborator on the EmTech course at the Architectural Association.

Previously Sengupta has been unit leader/master at the University of Nottingham (8 years) and lecturer at the University of East London. He is also Director of Softgrid Limited an architecture and urban research focused internationally networked design practice with previous work in India and China. Sengupta balances a parallel discourse between practice and theory on the subjects of architecture, urbanism and planning through teaching, practice and research.

Projects

1. ESRC Strategic Network: Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS)

Despite increasing attention on the application of new information flows to the design and development of ‘smart’ cities, there is still limited understanding of the interconnections in urban areas between ‘hard’ infrastructure and economic, ecological and social systems. Strategic Network: Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS) seeks to promote a more holistic approach through the integration of a wide range of data sources. By bringing together an international group of researchers from a range of different fields, the project will support the development of an innovative and cross-disciplinary set of tools to gather and interpret emerging data sources. These outputs will be supported by capacity development and dissemination activities, including a number of public events and multi-stakeholder workshops. The findings will benefits policy-makers, academics and other actors seeking to develop evidence-based responses to urban issues through the use of open data sources. More Details >>

2. Innovate UK: CityVerve Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things competition designed to transform the way we work, rest and play in a digital age. An innovative project in Manchester aimed at improving the services for its residents has been chosen as the winner of a £10m Government-led technology competition. Website: http://www.cityverve.org. More Details >>

3. H2020 : Synchronicity

SynchroniCity represents the first attempt to deliver a Single Digital City Market for Europe by piloting its foundations at scale in reference zones across 8 European cities, involving also other cities globally. It addresses how to incentivise and build trust for companies and citizens to actively participate, in finding common co-created IoT solutions for cities that meet citizen needs and to create an environment of evidence-based solutions that can easily be replicated in other regions. SynchroniCity starts and ends in cities and their citizens. The innovation ecosystems in cities constitute the pillar upon which all the activities in the project will rely. Through a strategy adapted to the reference zones, they will identify, engage and support the different stakeholders, including citizens and communities. More Details >>

Archaeology Museum Ningxia, Invited Competition

Shortlisted, New Western Xia Archaeology Museum Ningxia, China. 2012

Canada Water Development

320 unit high rise development. UK. 2003

Canning Town Framework Masterplan

Urban Design Consultant for Erick Van Egeraat Associates.
Canning Town Framework Masterplan London, U.K. 2010

Cui Hu Masterplan Competition

2nd Prize, Cui Hu Masterplan Competition, Cui Hu/Beijing, China. 2011

Ecological Farm Scientific Institute

Research and design project using hydrological studies to inform ground forming as a basis for Eco-Farm Masterplan & Major Buildings Zhenjiang, China. 2010

Ecological Hotel, Oman

Bandar Khayran, Luxury Eco Hotel Muscat, Oman. 2010

Horley Bluefield Studies

Eco/Flood Homes, 102 unit zero energy community 'Flood Plain' development exemplar. UK. 2006

Hotel Complex Tianjin

500 room Luxury Spa Eco Hotel Tianjin , China. 2008

IIT University Campus Jodhpur

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur, sustainable strategic masterplan guidance for new university campus in a desertified environment, for a population of 30,000. India, 2010

London House

Oak hill way, Contemporary House London, U.K. 2008

Mixed Use Housing, London

New End, Mixed use and Housing development London, U.K.2009

SCARCITY.is

Softgrid Limited (Researcher/Collaborator/Developer)
Web-Tool SCARCITY.is for SCIBE
(Scarcity and Creativity In the Built Environment)
with Jeremy Till/ The University of Westminster. UK. 2013

Taiwan Conceptual Tower Design Competition

Merit Award for Taiwan Conceptual Tower Design Competition, Taichung, Taiwan. 2011

University of Kent at Canterbury

New Gateway Registry & Reception Buildings, University of Kent at Canterbury. UK. 2003

Urban Regeneration Lian Ping

Town Regeneration and Museum Spa Hotel Lian Pin, China. 2011

Watford Junction

New Urban Quarter 2800 units, station, hotel, retail and commercial. UK. 2006

Winchester Road

Design competition winner, contemporary residential and mixed use development 60 units. UK. 2005

Research

A selection of recent research outputs.

Exhibitions

Iossifova, D., Sengupta, U., 2016. [61] Harmonica Alley, Yokohama, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 8-19 February 2016.

Sengupta, U. and Cheung, E., 2013. Seamless: The Digital in Design. Exhibition, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia., 19th September - 3rd November.

Sengupta, U., 2011. Unplannable City – Approaches to Urban Emergence & Complexity, Studio X Mumbai, 2011.

Sengupta, U., 2009. Mega-City Vs. Identity - Territory, Architecture, Culture in Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Planning, 2009.

Book Chapters

Sengupta, U., 2017. 'Complex Systems'. In Sage (eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory (forthcoming), tbc, tbc, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.

Sengupta, U., 2016. 'Complexity Theory: The urban is a complex adaptive process'. In Iossifova, D., Doll, C. and Gasparatos, A. (eds.) Defining the Urban, Routledge.

Sengupta, U., Hyde, R., 2014. 'Convergent City: Imagining Planning in a Digitised Future'. In RIBA Think Piece Series (eds.) Digital Planning: Ideas to make it happen, 7, 15-16, RIBA, London, UK.

Sengupta, U., 2013. 'Acknowledging Complexity in Continuous Urban Change'. In Iossifova, D. (eds.) Times of Scarcity: Reclaiming the Possibility of Making the City, 35-39, Primedia e-Launch LLC.

Sengupta, U. and Cheung, E., 2013. 'Acknowledging Complexity in Continuous Urban Change'. In Iossifova, D (eds.) Architecture and Planning in Times of Scarcity: Reclaiming the Possibility of Making the City, 221-229, Softgrid Limited, UK.

Sengupta, U., Iossifova, D., 2012. 'Systemic Diagramming: An Approach to Decoding Urban Ecologies'. In Goodbun, J., Till, J. and Iossifova, D. (eds.) Scarcity: Architecture in an Age of Depleting Resources, 44-51, Architectural Design, Wiley.

Sengupta, U., Cheung,, E, Wong, L., Matsuda, N., Lynch, J., 2011. 'Urban Morphology: Incorporating Complexity & Variation'. In Mironowicz, I. and Ryser, J. (eds.) Urban change: the prospect of transformation, 180-189, UN-HABITAT & Wroclaw University of Technology, Nairobi/Wroclaw.

Internet Publications

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., Pick, J., 2012. 'Urban Resilience: A Potential Approach based on Complex Ecological Patterns', Mat.zine, http://matzine.org/2012/08/04/resilience-11-out-now/.

Journal Articles

Sengupta, U., Rauws, W., De Roo, G., 2016. 'Planning and Complexity: Engaging with temporal dynamics, uncertainty and complex adaptive systems', Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design.

Presentations

Sengupta, U., 2016. 'Extrapolating Future Cities: Combining hard and soft urban data', Smart IoT London: Urban IoT Showcase, ExCeL, 12-13 April 2016.

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., Hyde, R., Iossifova, D., 2016. 'Gamifying ‘Smarter’ Planning: Adaptive and resilient future cities', 2016 AAG Annual Meeting: Smart+sustainable, San Francisco, MArch 29 - April 02 2016.

Sengupta, U., 2015. 'Participation, Governance and Resilience in the Age of Big Data', Planning & Complexity - 13th meeting: Complexity and digitalization of cities – Challenges for urban planning and design, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, 15-16 January 2015.

Sengupta, U., 2015. 'Smart Cities', TMRW Conference, Manchester Central, 20 May 2015.

Sengupta, U., 2014. 'Big Data & Open Government: Structural Shifts in Urban Governance', Invited Lecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University. Japan, 14 July 2014.

Sengupta, U., Chattopadhyay, B., 2014. 'Convergent City: Extrapolating a Digitised Urban Future', Urban Futures-Squaring Circles: Europe, China and the World in 2050, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Lisbon, Portugal, 10-11 October 2014.

Sengupta, U., 2014. 'Future Cities, Extrapolation and Resilience', Manchester School of Architecture and RIBA Future Cities Roundtable, Manchester School of Architecture, 16 June 2014.

Sengupta, U., Chattopadhyay, B., 2014. 'Future Urbanisms: Technology, Science Fiction and Extrapolated Cities', XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for a Global Sociology, Pacifico Yokohama, Japan, 14-19 July 2014.

Sengupta, U. and Cheung, E., 2014. 'My Data My City: Gamification and Participation with Projected Urban Futures', Confronting Urban Planning & Design with Complexity: Methods for Inevitable Transformation – 12th meeting of Planning & Complexity Group, AESOP, Manchester School of Architecture, January 2014.

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., 2013. 'Complexity Thinking: Computational Tools to Temporality & Self Organisation', Out of the Box: Diverse Tools for Planning, SCUPAD (Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development). Salzburg), May 2013.

Sengupta, U., 2013. 'Why Complex Adaptive Systems?', Self-organization and Spatial Planning: In-Depth Analysis, AESOP: Aveiro, May 2013.

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., 2012. 'Designing in Potential – Understanding and Incorporating the Inherencies of Complex Spatial Patterns into Urban Futures', Complexity Science and Social Science at the Interface to the Real World, University of Surrey, September 2012.

Sengupta, U., 2012. 'Informal patterns', Cities to be Tamed?, Politecnico di Milano, November 2012.

Sengupta, U., 2012. 'Loose Fit: A Spatio-temporal Approach to Incorporating Bottom up Behaviours', Complexity and the Collaborative Rationale to Planning - 10th meeting of Planning & Complexity group AESOP, University of Groningen, November 2012, in http://www.aesop-planning.eu.

Sengupta, U., 2012. 'Planning for Unknown Futures & Constant Urban Change', Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future, Barcelona Congress Center, at the Fira de Barcelona, October 2012, in http://www.urbanknowledge.org/urks6.html.

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., 2011. 'Digital Tools - Flux Territories', Self-Organizing and Spatial Planning - 9th meeting of Planning & Complexity, AESOP, Istanbul, 2011.

Sengupta, U., Cheung,, E, Wong, L., Matsuda, N., Lynch, J., 2010. 'Urban Patterns & Spatial Memory', Complex Urban symposium, United Nations University (IAS) Yokohama, 2010, in http://videoportal.unu.edu/408.

Other Outputs

Sengupta, U., 2016. 'Modelling for Emergence', Lecture at the Architectural Association, London.

Sengupta, U., Iossifova, D., 2016. 'Smarter Data Use & Future City Models', Lecture at Gensler Los Angeles, USA.

Sengupta, U., 2014. 'Complexity & Simulation for Urban Futures', GOV.UK, Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Foresight: The Future of Cities.

Sengupta, U., Hyde, R., 2014. 'Convergent City: Imagining Planning in a Digitised Future', Digitised Planning System: RIBA Roundtable Meeting.

Sengupta, U., 2013. 'Addressing Complicity & Helplessness: Urban Design & Spatial Planning Between Theory & Practice', The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, London.

Sengupta, U., 2013. 'Change and Resilience: Combining Research & Practice', Shanghai Xiandai (Contemporary) Design Institute, Shanghai, China..

Sengupta, U., 2013. 'Moving Towards Level 4 Systems: Experimental & Evolutionary Design Tools', Space Syntax, London, UK.

Sengupta, U., 2012. 'Gamification – SIM City 4 and BBB Generator', EUSS/AESOP Summer School, London, UK.

Sengupta, U., 2012. 'Pattern Morphology – New Techniques for Continuous Urban Change', EUSS/AESOP Summer School, London, UK.

Sengupta, U., 2011. 'Report on Aternative Urban Policy Approaches', Report on alternative policy approaches for 5 year urban development plan, Jingdezhen, China..

Sengupta, U., Verma, A., 2011. 'Report on urban and environmental strategies for a new campus IIT', Report on urban and environmental strategies for a new campus (Indian Institute of Technology) in a desertified location, Jodhpur, India..

Sengupta, U., 2010. 'Critique of 5 year urban development plan Jingdezhen', Critique of 5 year urban development plan Jingdezhen, China..

Ulysses Sengupta