AA Shanghai 2015

AA Shanghai 2015

AA Visiting School
AA Shanghai Summer School
Customised Cities

10-18 Jul 2015



Unit 5 Hyper Network

Titled “Hyper Network”, we looked at generative network pattern using multi-agent system.

Processing has been used as the primary software for establishing the set of agent-based tools. We started by collecting and reading data from various external influences present on the site. After this, students set up multiple layers of input information, through systematic analysis of the gathered data, and use them to drive the algorithmic components, with the goal of developing a unique design language, through the use of agent-based algorithms, which was a key aspect of this unit’s research. Initially, we investigated several specific network-related algorithms in order to test and develop a design system with the capacity to respond to input parameters through programmatic variations.



In its literal meaning, the word “Jiangnan”, means “south of the Yangtze River”, often representing the prosperity and highly developed culture and education, as well as the beautiful and rich water villages of the southern regions of the Yangtze River. Often compared to Venice in Europe, this region is typically characterized by the rich culture and specific lifestyle of these villages. Located at the heart of Jiangnan, Shanghai is today the largest urban area in the Yangtze Delta, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Despite its high level of urbanization and globalization, Shanghai is still deeply influenced by the ontology of the water villages. In this unit, we will investigate the relationships between Shanghai’s urban fabric and the urban network of water villages, in order to establish the correspondences and the discrepancies between their scales, densities and networks, to their social, cultural, lifestyle and historical aspects. This will be done with the idea of introducing the water village network into the central area of highly urbanized Pudong district, in order to re-visit, and to re-invent, the urbanized residential character of urban water vilages.