Built Morphology Adapts to Nodes and Edges/Paths

Overview | Method | Nodes | Paths | Morphology | Implementation

Built Morphology Rule Set

With the information of the previous sections, where size, areas and programmatic zones are assigned to the nodes and paths, now it’s time to adapt the built morphology to this data.  Starting with the distribution of dwellings and greenhouses generated by the settlement simulation, here we define rules for adaptation.
Morphology Rules Applied

The transformations in this section are applied to the dwellings and greenhouses only.  Therefore these need to be identified and called out first.  
  • - These cells are then checked for proximity to the network paths and nodes.  If they are within the assigned clear area, for those specific nodes and paths, then the cells are repelled from them and circulatory space starts to appear.  
  • - The next step is to attract all the volumes back to the network with a factor relative to the distance.  This ensures continuous open productive space between the dwellings.  
  • - Following the built volumes are oriented towards the network to create coherent facade envelopes.  
  • - As a last step occurring intersections of volumes are resolved by a recursive process of dispersal and attraction.  A minimum distance to each other can be set, according to the final size of the dwelling units.

Resulting Morphology

(W) Sectional width of paths
based on the hierarchy of paths and the allocation of sectional programme zones, widths are defined

(A) Clear area of nodes
based on the character of the wholesale and retail nodes the required clear area is provided

(At) Factor of attraction
factor defining how much the dwellings and greenhouses are attracted to the network

(Dir) Orientation of network
Direction of network path defining the alignment of the morphology

(D) Minimum distance between dwellings
Distance set to resolve intersections