Currently, rapid population growth and rural-urban migration are putting enormous pressure on urban planning in developing countries: Continuously, new neighborhoods and entire cities have to be built in a minimum of time. These new developments must not only meet the basic need of “save roof over one’s head” but must also be able to ensure secure and sustainable livelihoods for all users of the city. Architects and urban designers must hereby pay particular attention to the spatial morphology of streets, places, and buildings: They persist over long periods of time and the greatly influence the behavior of the urban user.
In the design studio “SynCity”, we were concerned with planning methods for the design of urban spatial structures. The target was to develop a computer-based design strategy, which adapts to changing environmental parameters and which integrates the perspective of the urban user. That way, the urban master plan will be synthesized with the help a set of rules that is derived from the lives and interactions of the urban actors, rather than being determined by abstract geometrical concepts.
Habeshaville - By Iuliia Osintseva, Ondrej Veselý & Mahmoud A´dam
City Layout Generator - Johannes Frölich, Vinzenz Rauch & Abdul Hamid Madarati
Hot Spots - Jeanne Dentin, María Fernández - San Julián & Martin Oravec
Education City - Tommaso Busana, Alexandra Cambiaso & Francesca Porcelli
Two times in 2016 students went on field trip to Ethiopia.They worked together with fellow students from EiABC - Addis Ababa on the transformation of villages into maker towns. In groups of three they stayed in 13 different villages and engaged with the local people to develop and update town-plans. The proposals were afterwards presented at EiABC.
360° Streetview experiences are available online for many places especially in metropoles. They make it easy to experience spaces where you are not physically present. For planners this research material can help to get an approximate feeling of the physical space. In Ethiopia however this content is not available, so we just took the opportunity to experiment with the now affordable technology of 360° cameras to create the material ourselves. In this way students can always get back to a specific location at a specific time with a more immersive feeling than with pictures.
In this 360° video one can explore the transition from the edge of the city to the center. Have a look at the change of pavement, buildings or movement.