Modelling Spatial Morphogenesis in Cities: The Dynamics of Spatial Change in Manhattan

Applied studies in the area of urban growth have often focused on the apparent physical silhouette of urban form in modelling and simulating city growth. This paper is intended to go beyond such limitations and present a model based on observed dynamics of change in urban structures. Thus the paper translates the spatial laws which govern the process of urban morphogenesis in cities into mathematical rules which represent the change in the configurational structure of street networks. For this purpose, a set of analyses will be made for the sequential development of urban street network in Manhattan.

Author: Kinda Al Sayed
Author: Alasdair Turner
Author: Sean Hanna

Publication:Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning | full text (PDF)


Prof David Hawkes

david hawkes

David Hawkes enjoys a distinguished publishing history spanning three decades with areas of expertise in medical imaging. He has ongoing collaborations with many institutions beyond UCL, including the Institute of Cancer Research, KCL, Guys and St. Thomas, Imperial College, University of Manchester and Oxford.

Title: Professor of Biophysics and Clinical Neurophysiology

Dept: Biophysics and Clinical Neurophysiology

Prof Dejan Mumovic

dejan mumovic

In collaboration with UCL Energy Institute, Dejan is currently leading a group of industry/EPSRC co-funded research engineers developing the appropriate techniques necessary for evaluating built environment issues holistically

Title: VEIV Co-Director, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, and Deputy Course Director: MSc Environmental Design and Engineering Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

Dept: Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

Representing Style by Feature Space Archetypes: Description and Emulation of Spatial Styles in an Architectural Context

Style is a broad term that could potentially refer to any features of a work, as well as a fluid concept that is subject to change and disagreement. The idea of a style in any discipline is a fluid concept that is always subject to change, and therefore suited to a flexible representation. What is suggested here is that it can nevertheless be accurately represented and emulated. This work has presented an algorithmic method for both deriving a stylistic definition automatically from examples, and using it to generate new designs. Architectural examples were used, and were investigated primarily in terms of their spatial features, but it is intended as a general model in that other forms of input and classification algorithms may be used. Likewise, axial analysis and the aggregation model are not essential to the method, but the principles of feature space reduction and archetype should apply to a variety of analysis and synthesis techniques.

Author: Sean Hanna

Publication: Design Computing and Cognition '06. Springer. pp. 3-22 | full text (PDF)

Year: 2006