Urban Democracy: Mass Participatory Urban Design
This Thesis questions the efficacy of current participatory design as well as urban planning and design techniques in Singapore. Current basis lacks a bridge between the layman (citizens) and the professional (planners and architects. This new framework takes into consideration alternative methods of presentation and outreach using the digital media as a tool. Using intuitive interfaces as well as a game engine, an immersive environment was constructed to allow users to visualise the design and edit the design in real time. Planners will create a model using the game engine to be rendered in a realistic way for citizens to interact and manipulate. This allows citizens a better sense of the spaces they are designing, giving them a better understanding of the design process and makes the participatory design process smoother and more effective.
Aries proposes a novel approach to citizen participation in neighbourhood planning. His approach focuses on involving citizens in developing regulatory form-based codes that incorporate personal memories of past urban patterns with strong cultural associations. The whole process is orchestrated through a series of web-based tools that combine various technologies to make it easy for citizens to generate design proposals. Citizens are led through a series of sequential steps, starting with highly abstract form-making and ending with detailed design decisions concerning construction materials and detailing. In each step, citizens generate large numbers of design proposals that are then analysed in order to extract common patterns, as a starting point for the next step.
- Assoc. Prof. Patrick Janssen (Dr.)
Aries Yang Yingbo
Aries Yang Yingbo