Generative urban design with Cellular Automata and Agent Based Modelling

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    Popov, Nikolay
    2010 Conference Papers


ABSTRACT: This paper reports on initial findings of a bigger research project that set out to explore the
potential of generative algorithms in landscape architecture, urban design and architecture. The paper
focuses on how urban morphologies of unplanned settlements can be modelled as emergent phenomena
using parallel computing. Theoretically the research stems from Hiller’s discourse about space syntax,
summarised in Section 2. The paper outlines the concepts behind generative design and illustrates the
principles of Cellular Automata and Agent Based Modelling using some simple examples. The models are
described in detail and their potential usefulness in design education is demonstrated. The potential of
using such models in design practice is also evaluated.


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