This year, our group was able to explore the ways in which computation can push the boundaries and solve problems that present themselves on a global scale, such as the housing and climate crises, which are intrinsically linked within the context of urban development, this thesis project was done as part of a group of four members – Bella Kimathi, Bethany Stewart, Ladi Shobowale, and Abdullah Jawdatt.
Our thesis focuses on the homelessness that results from the housing crisis, as well as the potential dangers that the housing and climate crises pose to low-income people. It focuses on these issues and develops a viable solution utilising the “A2ZCEG Model”, a design and planning computational support tool that has been developed by our group in which allows a thorough exploration and evaluation of the performance of generative urban development
The project provides a computational and architectural answer for individuals who use the tool by establishing and providing sustainability and performance indicators. It uses profiles based on targeted users to calculate and design the best possible solution for the development and its users using carbon emission and energy calculators, accessibility scores generated by journey simulation, and parametric building design in the generation of the optimal outcome, as it fulfils its purpose as an urban planning and design support tool. Thus, allowing us to develop the best zero-carbon urban design with the most optimal performance. This project we believe is a project that has a lot of potential and can always be improved and made more comprehensive and effective – hoping that one day it can be utilised for the betterment of society and cities.
Hey, I am Abdullah. Much of my skills are based on technical and digital design. That involves using softwares such as SketchUp, Rhino and Revit, but that also extends to digital rendering in softwares such as Lumion and Enscape. I do plan to extend my knowledge into more industry standard softwares such as BIM enabled softwares as I believe that is the path the industry is taking. I am also avidly interested into research and like to be diversely informed about anything of interest (e.g. Architecture, Technology etc.) and keep the research as a form of data safe that I can always refer to in the future.
Hello, I am the human chaos generator also known as Bella (beep boop). I aim to help improve the industry, not just for those working in it, but also for the end users of its by-products. By finding ways to expand the ways in which we practice, I aim to highlight the ways in which computation can radically improve the standard of what is acceptable in design and raise the threshold for ‘good’ design and improve liveability. Through an understanding of and lived practical experience in modular design and build strategies, DfMA, adaptive reuse and social housing, I intend to utilise these skills in conjunction with computational analysis, research, and design skills to charter a way forward through future-proof, sustainable and socially equitable and accessible design.
Hi, I am Bethany. I would say I am a fun, loveable character yet reliable and hard-working. My interests within architecture range from materiality and sustainability to inclusive design and the impact of multi-sensory environments on autism. I am yet to find out which sector best suits me; until then, I aim to keep an open mind and explore various opportunities, utilising the computational skills I have learnt throughout this degree. After completion of the MArch degree, I would like to continue my education by completing Part 3 and become a registered architect. My key skills are 3D modelling in rhino and portfolio composition. I still have a lot to learn, however, I endeavour to continue developing in my understanding of computational tools and coding in python.
Hi, my name is Ladi. My main interests in architecture involve the design of cities and urban areas, especially those in developing countries with poor urban design and planning strategies. Through the use of generative design methods, I believe that efficient solutions can be found to issues such as urban sprawl and poor quality architecture. The climate emergency is also something I recognise as an increasingly pertinent issue that architects and designers worldwide must address as a priority within their developments. My ambition is to continue to Part 3 after completing my master’s degree at the MSA, and then obtain accreditation to practice as an architect.