Our project aims to simulate the long-term ripple effect of design interventions, providing guidance for strategic measures towards a zero-carbon future city. Our project analyses Manchester’s Eastern Gateway, a site currently identified by the City Council for redevelopment.

Through a critical appraisal of the councils aims, we found their main driver for urban development to be economic growth, coming into direct conflict with many current and future social and environmental needs already acknowledged by the city council. To address this issue, we have developed a computational process which enables strategic planners, developers and us as designers to consider the ramifications of potential interventions on social and environmental performance by simulating changes over time.

Using our novel design tool, we suggest a series of physical and policy level interventions. Our approach includes the design of five architectural interventions aimed at fostering social interaction and reducing spatial fragmentation.