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Swarm Theory Transformative Processes in Design

Starling Swarm analysis The swarming theory have been widely studied and used, from social and political patterns, software systems, the running of companies as well as the study of swarm in urbanism. An example of an urban project was done by Roland Snooks and Robert Stuart-Smith that uses “swarm logic to urbanism that enables a shift from notions of master plan to that of master algorithm as an urban design tool” (Snooks, 2009).

Rule o1: Avoid crowding local flock mates. Steer to keep a minimum distance

In their complexity in pattern, rules behind the system are as applied: The geometries generated by behavioural techniques of the swarm will be used as an exploraFig 49. : form transformed due tion of generating spatial forms, circulation and structures in creating permanent landscapes in to predator my design of the void decks, at the same time allowing for temporal landscapes to occur within the space, both existing and new designs. – Opportunities for unexpected events in the form of intervention that takes place and allowing for play to continue. In addition, further exploring the experimentation of spatiality through materiality, this enables the “understanding of form as a continuous process of formation” (kokkugia, 2009).


Rule o2: Align towards the average heading of local flock mates

Fig 50. : the swarm theory Rule o3: Cohere to the flock, move toward the center mass of local flock mates

Photo by: Richard Barnes


Christina Ting Concise ADR  

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