Once the producer and consumer cells are distributed in our simulation space, they need to be connected in a network typology that facilitates the circular movement of food, water, waste and people between the producers and consumers with the lowest energy requirements.
For this phase of the research, we will initially focus on the:
- 1. Movement / distribution of food from source to consumer
- 2. Social movement of inhabitants
In future development of our research, we will also look to incorporate:
- 3. Collection of drainage and rain water from the urban surfaces and redistribution for the irrigation of productive plots.
- 4. Collection, processing and reuse of waste nutrients from dwelling units to fertilize productive plots.
Once the topologies for each of these network functions is addressed in isolation, strategies will be discussed for overlaying the four networks and where there might be opportunities for combining them.
In addition as these networks are constructed, their topology will be used to re-inform and further develop the morphology and distribution of the built forms.
At this point, the data set locating cell types and intensities generated by the Settlement Simulation component will be sent as input into the Network Building component which will place network nodes and connect them.