Urban Papakainga: Programming Cultural Criteria, by using Multi-Agent Systems

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    Ballantyne, Ariana
    Kawiti, Derek
    Schnabel, Marc Aurel
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science, Theory, Philosophy, Society
    Conference Papers


This research investigates the use of multi-agent systems to simulate the dispersal of modular agent types along culturally explicit criteria in the production of a Māori, pan-tribal, high-density residential project or urban papakainga (a traditional New Zealand Māori settlement). Underlying this research is a particular interest in the transition from rurally based and tribally specific papakainga, to the possibility of establishing a new urban papakainga typology that identifies the complexities of tribal diversity within the Māori culture. We look closely into the optimisation of spatial parameters within culturally based territories that regularly face potentially significant fluctuations in user numbers, and how culturally defined building envelops and social spaces can best be manipulated to reflect the demands of the diverse programmes that arise due to unique aspects of cultural specificity. The paper ends with a discussion into how multi-agent systems have the potential to provide a rich framework for the understanding of an architecture that strongly reflects and enables harmonious living within collective tribal identities.


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