Cities are complex human made objects. They consist of thousands of elements and need to satisfy numerous human needs. The definition of urban form (street network, plots, building volumes) is a crucial step in the planning of cities because it has the longest lasting effect on their social, economic and ecological performance. Thus, this step needs to be undertaken with greatest care. In this course we will deal with computational methods to support this process.
The course extends the knowledge and methods you learned in PUDA I. You will learn and train advanced parametric modeling techniques and further analysis methods as well as basic knowledge about statistics to study relationships between urban form and its manifold functions.
The first objective of this course is to enable you to conduct research on relationships between urban form and human activities that take place inside a city. Therefore you get to know different methods for data collection and analyses. This knowledge is applied to the analysis of small cities in Thuringia and Ethiopia.
The second objective is to deepen your knowledge and skills on parametric urban design and analysis. Therefore you will get to know new methods for analysing and generating urban form and apply them in an urban planning project for new towns in Ethiopia (IUDD Study Project “Metabolism-based Planning Strategies for Rural-Urban Transformation in Ethiopia”).
The knowledge provided through online seminars will be deepened in consultations and documented in several exercises.
It is highly recommended that you participate in the course Parametric Urban Design and Analysis, since we require basic knowledge in parametric design and visual programming with Grasshopper for Rhino3D.
Sven is a lecturer and researcher in the field of architectural planning support systems. He is interim professor for the chair of computer science in architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and founding partner of DecodingSpaces GbR. He studied applied computer science at TU-Chemnitz and graduated in architecture at the TU-Dresden and BU-Weimar. He completed his PhD in 2016 on the topic of automated spatial layout design from a user-perspective. His main research interests lie in the development of measures for evaluating the built environment and generative methods for supporting the design process. He was and is engaged and coordinating several state-funded research projects and has published a number of articles on generative methods for spatial layout design and spatial analysis.
Abdulmalik is a lecturer and research assistant at the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. He graduated in architecture and urban planning in 2013 at Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA), Germany. Since 2016, he works at the Bauhaus University Weimar. His main research interest is computational analysis and simulation of urban systems with a focus on the patterns of microeconomic aspects of the local urban settings of the city. He was also the Project Coordinator of Discovering Cities project in Amman Jordan in 2018.
Martin is a research assistant at the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Since 2016, he is part of the interdisciplinary research project Integrated Infrastructure between Weimar and the EiABC, Addis Abeba University. The project focuses on digital planning and participation strategies for emerging cities in Ethiopia. Martin holds a bachelor degree in architecture at msa | münster school of architecture and graduated in the field of urbanism at TU Delft. Besides his research he is co-founder of form follows you. His main interest lays in easing stakeholder negotiation and participation with the support of computational planning tools.