Urbanism has been strongly dictated by top down master planning strategy. The urban network has been misrepresented when viewed from above; the aerial map has suppressed social relations, and burdened cities with rules based on poor site logic and lack of ecological understanding.
A new strategy of data reading calls for a new method for data making. When examining the post effects of the earthquake in Christchurch, the obvious organisational strategy implies a process of urban infill where the solution becomes a bandaid over a larger urban issue.
An application of self-organizing logic to urbanism enables a shift from notions of the master-plan to that of master-algorithm as an urban design tool. Rather than designing an urban plan that meets a set of criteria, urban imperatives are programmed into a set of agents which are able to self-organize. Consequently this conception of urbanism generates systems that are flexible to respond to the constantly changing political, economic and social pressures of urban development.
Team: Jordon Saunders, Yun Kong, Adrian Kumar
Urban Analysis Booklet (PDF)
Above: Data maps are created looking at the finer grain of land use.
Below:The team created a software that reads the landscape one pixel at a time and then generates specific land use maps, this is one example.