This project was completed in a group with Michael Williams.
In this thesis project, we undertake an exploration into how resilient and sustainable future cities can be designed through utilising computational thinking and urban theory. For this project we engage with a large-scale redevelopment of the Northern Gateway, Manchester, acting as consultants for Manchester City Council and Far East Consortium. Our ambition is to create a design proposal for the site which utilises computational constructs developed by ourselves with a particular focus on promoting sustainable movement and transport.
The project identifies and explores the need to increase walkability in order to achieve a more successful urbanisation strategy. We approached this as a design problem by using a computational approach that looked at the proximities of different aspects such as amenities, transport and densities, to each other and their relationship in terms of a larger pattern of urban form.
We designed and created our own computational tool, aimed at designers, to generate and analyse a number of 3D masterplan design iterations using existing successful examples of urban grids to evaluate the possibilities for the site with a focus on walkability.