The PhD student will be working in the ALEXANDER project that intends to develop a design tool for automatically generating living structure, which is characterized by far more small things than large ones globally and more or less similar things locally, for biophilic urban design. It aims to develop a suite of differentiating algorithms to create living structures based on city plans of historical cities such as Venice and Rome. It will set up SimCity-like simulations to conduct what-if modeling in order to better understand why and how these living structures work. The developed tool will be tested and improved through experiments with spatial planning students and design practitioners. The design tools targeted at biophilic urban design – in terms of creating living structures rather than increasing buildings’ aesthetic appeal through inserting trees and shrubs – provide an alternative to existing industrial design tools such as AutoCAD, and thus help make or re-make urban environments living, beautiful, and sustainable.
University of Gävle
Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management