My research interest lies in urban and policy systems and their relationships with built assets. On top of traditional architectural design methods, I work with tools such as coding, grasshopper, GIS, and critical policy analysis to generate more resilient design responses to face today's ever-changing urban and policy context.
For my thesis project, I developed a digital planning tool called URSA(Urban Resilience Score Algorithm) to respond to the recent changes in national planning policy. URSA compares development resilience impact with area resilience needs and highlights resilience categories lacking impact. This algorithm aims to inform more responsible, sustainable, and adaptable future developments. URSA was coded in Python and can operate in the form of an interactive user interface. URSA was developed as group work with Grace Jing Yuan Yu and Karl Leung.
After URSA is developed, I designed a grasshopper script called URSA 2.0 as individual work. URSA 2.0 takes URSA's seemingly unrelated bundle of suggestions and converts them into physical modules. It then distributes the modules according to set rules to create synergies that are impossible to achieve in normal developments.
URSA and URSA 2.0 are then applied to a test site to improve the controversial Land East of Maghull development in Maghull. The resulting development is a healthcare centric mix-used typology, including other resilience-boosting functions needed onsite. It is a context-aware, adaptive and resilience-driven proposal that fully embodies the URSA philosophy.