Mathematical Models and the Computational Morphogenesis of Urban Tissues and their Metabolic Networks
(Supervisors: Michael Weinstock, George Jeronimidis)
New cities are rapidly emerging and in most cases their model of organization remains the same as the model prevalent in early Modernism. A new model is needed, a model of quantitative theory of dynamic urban organization and development. Processes from the natural sciences offer great potential in exploring and understanding dynamic models. Recent developments in mathematical biology coupled with the rapid development of computational tools have allowed the implementation and simulation of biological processes in the field of architecture. The research will explore a subset of concepts and techniques from mathematical biology, focusing on the morphogenesis of digital objects and their organization (referred to as tissues). Digital morphogenesis is the process by which digital objects are manifested, differentiation and speciated. The research will propose new principles of spatial formation by formulating dynamic organizational models of city tissues that govern biological morphogenesis through the use of evolutionary computational techniques.
Ali Farzaneh is an architect and theorist. He has worked at SOM in DC and Coop Himme(l)blau in Vienna and has taught at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Architectural Design at the Architectural Association in London.