Parametric assistance for complex urban planning processes: Three examples from Africa and South-East Asia

Katja Knecht, Kateryna Konieva, Iuliia Osintseva, Ondrej Vesely, Reinhard König

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Abstract-This paper will discuss the process of development and application of procedural methods in urban planning and design. Despite a lot of progress being made at architectural scale to consider a planning area as an integrated system of infrastructure, constructions, uses, socio-economic indices and many more, there is a gap in approaching larger urban areas with a similar degree of coherence. Addressing this challenge, we were working on a framework that would facilitate communication and discussion during decision-making processes between various fields of expertise. Using a modular approach, we developed a design and analysis workflow for a city-scale project in Ethiopia, district-scale developments and neighborhood-scale interventions in Singapore. The number of examples shows the flexibility of the approach and its prospect for more effective transdisciplinary collaborations. The method applied has proved a high potential due to approaching several aspects simultaneously: the speed and, hence, number of variations considered can be increased drastically enlarging the design space with no significant time investments; a modular work flow breaks down the linear sequence of the design process and gives opportunity for changes at any stage without affecting all the decisions made afterwards; automatization of a larger part of decisions makes it possible to correct the direction of the initial strategy, as a simple draft with any level of detail is enough to generate the best possible solution on its basis. These case-studies have also shown that parametric interventions can be most effectively made in several phases of project development that include analysis, design generation and evaluation.
Titel3rd Achieving Clinical Excellence Conference (ACE 2018)
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2018

Research Field

  • Ehemaliges Research Field - Energy


  • rban design
  • modular design process
  • parametric design
  • case study


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