Zero carbon cities are highly desirable due to the climate crisis. Manchester has committed to achieving 'Net Zero' by 2038. One of the primary strategies to address this in city design is to create a hybrid green urban system (e.g. renewable energy system) consisting of nature and technologies.

While this aspect on its own is only a part of the solution, we propose to use patch dynamics and urban acupuncture strategy to generate a series of alternative urban green systems to develop valuable strategies toward Zero Carbon futures.

The relation of urban green systems to other systems in the city is essential to consider. Therefore, we are taking a system of the systems approach to understanding the cumulative performance of transport/mobility networks and urban morphology/building form in relation to the new green system network strategies.