I am interested in how technology and computational design could be utilized for the development of sustainable projects, and how these projects could be developed using modern methods of construction. During my Master's, I had the chance to expand my skills and knowledge in regards to the development of computational tools, urban design, adaptive re-use principles, BIM processes, parametric design and modern methods of construction(DfMA).
Thesis Project: Mode Shift
Our thesis project is developed in collaboration with Manchester City Council and Far East Consortium and focuses on the development of one of the biggest regeneration projects in the UK at Victoria North, Manchester. Through our thesis, we explored in detail the concept of Zero Carbon Cities by identifying ways to reduce carbon emissions and generate energy on-site.
Specifically, our project focuses on the creation of a zero-carbon city by emphasising on transport, as the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK. Our intention is to explore how a shift in the hierarchy between motorized and non-motorized modes of mobility could reduce carbon emissions in an urban environment. To achieve that, we have employed principles of transit-oriented developments and compact cities, with the intention to create accessible amenities within walking distance. However, through research it became apparent that the development of a compact city may have an impact on the environmental comfort of the scheme by raising the intensity of the Urban Heat Island effect. Consequently, our aim was to develop a computational tool, informed by theories, that would allow us to explore multiple urban iterations and resolve the contradictory correlation of the above concepts. The project was developed in collaboration with Holly Millburn and Efi Athanasakopoulou.