Self-Assembly Neighbourhoods – A Graph Grammar Approach for the Definition of New Models of Urban Growth

AUTHORS: Lila PanahiKazemi, Andrea Rossi

Published in 2nd Biodigital Architecture & Genetics Conference, 2014, ESARQ, Barcelona



This paper attempts to define a new model for the integration of architectural and planning requirements within the processes of self-construction of informal settlements (focusing on the neighbourhood of Derbent, Istanbul). The model is grounded in studies of natural and artificial self-assembly processes, with a focus on the concept of graph grammar. By coupling this with the study of the topological organization of housing typologies in the selected area and a multiple fitness genetic algorithm, sets of reconfigurable cells has been defined, that can be aggregated to create an expansion to the existing neighbourhood, integrating built form, open spaces and connective network. The resulting cell sets are then used as basis for the design of self-assemblable modular units, which citizens would be allowed to compose autonomously, but according to the predefined connective logic.


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