Urban Variation Through Evolutionary Development: Evolutionary Processes in Design and the Impact of Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms Generating Urban Form

Makki, Mohammed (2019). Urban Variation Through Evolutionary Development: Evolutionary Processes in Design and the Impact of Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms Generating Urban Form. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.00010b42

Abstract

The extent to which the mathematics of nature can serve as a generative model to design variation of urban form is dependent upon an understanding of the impact of natural systems on phenotypic variation across natural species, and in specific, the role that evolutionary developmental biology has on the application of these processes in an urban context. Through a thorough analysis of the intersection between the three primary fields of urban variation, biology and computation; multiple methods, that are both generative and analytic, are developed with the aim of establishing an efficient, effective and robust modus operandi for the application of biological evolutionary principles in generating urban variation. Utilising urban blocks and superblocks within multiple urban tissues that differ in location, environment and historical context; the research is developed through a progression of 5 key experiments that advance the methods and tools developed for their application in design problems that range in both scale and complexity; demonstrating the advantages of utilising regulatory mechanisms towards generating varied populations of context-specific morphologies that provide for greater diversity between the phenotypic attributes that characterise the urban superblock.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 68418
  • Item Type
  • PhD Thesis
  • Keywords
  • mathematics; science; evolution; city planning; urban density; mutation; biological systems; urban animals; urbanisation; urban ecology; developmental genetics; evolutionary genetics; evolutionary developmental biology
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
  • Associated Research Centre
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture
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  • © 2018 The Author
  • Depositing User
  • Mohamad Makki

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