Locating and dimensioning spatial objects and with it the creation of spaces is at the heart of architectural and urban design. Thereby it is necessary to precast the effects that design decisions have on the behaviour of the future users as well as to estimate the sustainability and resilience of the designed object (such as a city or a building). Computational analysis methods can help to support this process due to the fact that they can reveal properties that are hardly recognizable at first intuitive sight.

In the first part of the seminar we examined methods for the quantitative analysis of urban space (in particular street network analysis) and examined in how far these quantities relate to real life phenomena such as the distribution of functions in a city or the movement patterns of urban users. The methods will be tested in small cities of nine to eleven thousand inhabitants (10K cities) which are located in Thuringia. We will visit these cities, collect data, draw maps and analyse these maps regarding multiple aspects.

In the second part of the seminar the knowledge of the first part is used to develop a new analysis method related to the study project “Rural stocks and flows”. The focus thereby lies on concepts for measuring the metabolism of cities. 

The potential of parametric modelling lies not only in facilitating the creation of complex shapes but rather in generating and validating a large number of variations of a certain design concept. Thus, it supports an essential part in the design process: the exploration of possibilities. In order to gain most benefit of this potential, it is necessary to understand how to construct shapes using simple and abstract rules, and to learn how to transform a design idea into a logical sequence of steps.

In this course, you will learn these skills in different practical exercises. These exercises are based on the idea of parametrizing urban types. Types can be described as solution concepts for a certain problem and are widely used in urban design (e.g. optimal organization of buildings for maximum built-up area or spatial relationships for fulfilling certain building usages). By creating parametric models of certain types, we will explore the variations that these types allow for. Thereby we will gain deeper insights into the topic of typology in urban design as well as into the design process itself.

The course does not require any previous knowledge of scripting or programming and will focus on two stages. First stage on the gaining knowledge about general parametric modelling techniques using Grasshopper and Rhino3D (Bachelor and Master Students). Second stage on applying the knowledge gained by generating and optimizing small urban neighborhood design (Master Students). All students will participate in a series of lectures, online tutorials, in-class sessions.



Enrollment & Further Information:


3 / 6 ECTS with grade

Study Program: 

Bachelor Architecture, Master Architecture, Master Media Architecture, Master European Urbanism, Master Advanced Urbanism


M. Arch. Abdulmalik Abdulmawla

Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider


Mon, 09:15 - 12:30 (5 Blocks + individual consultations)




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