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Monday, 5 September 2011

Vertical City

Kangjian Guo

First of all, what has been achieved in this research is to open a discussion about re-thinking a strategy of developing a vertical city to adapt to the fast developing cities in Asian coupled with the problem of high population density. Series relevant arguments about urbanization problems and Ken Yeang’s Ecological tower are described.

Secondly, by using various computational means, a series of systematic experiments are finished as the initial step of testing in order to propose a new methodology in terms of spatial orientation of living units within a certain bounding box defined within the structural framework. In addition, based on the research experiment, genetic algorithm is finalized in order to optimize the spatial arrangement of living units in terms of environment consideration: lighting exposure.
Lastly, some other considerations related with programme differentiation, so called social requirement and spatial connection are developed as the further development of design strategy. These concerns with the attempt to raise the discussion of spatial accessibility of open space, which in turn bring forth the differentiation of functional program for public space.
As for the genetic algorithm, only solar lighting is the criteria for evolutionary process. It is better if other environmental factors could be introduced as external pressures into the algorithm as other parameters for future research.
Since the design process is mainly dealing with a community space, to make it more convincing, more social and urban programs could be integrated in further design and determine the function of other public space, as this method is not exact suit for all functions. Therefore, more other convincing methodology could be explored in the research in order to define the public program.

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