Alexander Carter : Urban Morphology -Venice Biennale-

Abstract For almost a century, cities have developed and grown in scale partly to manage and realize the advancements of technology, transforming and evolving both our natural and societal environment. However, as cities grow in size, they become increasingly hard to manage and understand. Our current methods of planning: a mixture of top-down planning and […]

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Venice Biennale: Xiong’an,A city on human scale

The goal of this project is to create an environmentally friendly and livable city.In order to get the target, I study from two aspects. Firstly, I study present cities,find the problems, and get a livable city as the style picture. Secondly, I study human behavior, draw the diagram, and generate the pattern. All lot of those […]

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15 A1

A1 video design statement This project considers how to combine urban farming into the plan of new Xiong’An using neural style transfer. Most investment strategies are based on the principle of diversification— to reduce risk, create a portfolio that includes multiple investments. That said, our current food system does just the opposite. Its success depends […]

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Final – Urban Morphology – Alexander Carter

{AI} Urban MorphologyFor almost a century, cities have developed and grown in scale partly to manage and realize the advancements of technology, transforming and evolving both our natural and societal environment. However, as cities grow in size they become increasingly hard to manage and understand. Our current methods of planning: a mixture of top-down planning […]

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Final _ The Future of Xiong’an

Integration of Water-Land-Built Environment Introduction Design Concept : Fluidity of land-lake connection As the water element and ecosystem are the important elements for the future development of Xiong’an and the water and land connection is also a significant part of Chinese traditional culture and lifestyle, therefore, at Shaochedian where land-lake ecotone areas are largely existed […]

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Fields 04

Background Based on the paper The Spatial Planning of Community Food System in Future Productive City written by CY Yang, an area of 108 sqm is enough to grow fruit and vegetable to feed an adult. According to my previous research on urban farming, people living in cities do farming and gardening for leisure and […]

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New Fields

Typical cities were selected as examples in the research of urban morphing analyse, to try to figure out how those basic elements were fabricated in the city. Salient elements that are looks differently on map: There is an obvious contrast between the factory areas and residential areas.

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Urban condition500X500m

I choose Chaoyang District of Beijing as my research area. Tianshuiyuan community is an old area in the District. Many buildings were built more than thirty years ago.There is also a village in the community. It is blended, but the infrastructure and services are complete. 1.Infrastructure There is a subway station in the southwest corner […]

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Walking Tours

Here are some examples of walking tours of different Asian, European and American cities, which we will use as tools of exploring urban conditions. We want to add this to the existing datasets like plans, maps, collections of statistical information, to name a few. Beijing Shichahai / Beijing Wangfujing / Beijing during rush […]

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Research Question, Tracy Chan

Xiong’An + urban farming = ? GARDEN CITY The garden city movement is a method of urban planning in which self-contained communities are surrounded by “greenbelts“, containing proportionate areas of residences, industry, and agriculture. The idea was initiated in 1898 by Ebenezer Howard in the United Kingdom and aims to capture the primary benefits of a countryside environment and a city environment while […]

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Here is all the Neural Network style transfer experiments. Unlike Vennice and Detroit and other cities on the right that have simple paterns fibering the texture of city, I also choose the first two maps that are of Tokyo with areas differ in densities(central area and urban area) and building scales(high rises and villas), and […]

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From objects to fields Thanks to technology, like we just discussed, that nowadays interesting shapes with simple structure can be easily created by computer modeling. Sometimes we can even have unexpected outcomings. Every single object is by slightly modified from a sphere, only after several times of mirroring and combination we have various of elements […]

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Xiong’An New City Question : Disconnection of urban green spaces Excessive Land-use for the Transportation Infrastructure and Car-parks in an urban context. That breaks the connection between green spaces and created a lot of isolated spaces. Challenge To MINIMIZE the land-use for transportation needs and MAXIMIZE the area for green spaces to ensure the sustainability […]

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I MACHINE LEARNINGSTYLE TRANSFER OF GEOMETRY FIELD ONTO XIONG’AN CITY USE OF DIFFERENT FIELD TYPES ONTO THE SAME MAP 01 [ANXIN-L] Different weights & number of iteration ANXIN-L_FIELD5 [2048-10-10-500]ANXIN-L_FIELD6.1 [2048-10-5-250] [ANXIN-M] Different weights ANXIN-M_FIELD1 [2048-10-10-250]ANXIN-M_FIELD6.3 [2048-5-5-250] [ANXIN-S] Different image size & number of iteration ANXIN-S_FIELD6.4 [2048-5-5-500]ANXIN-S_FIELD6.2-zoom [1536-5-5-200] DIFFERENT FIELD SCALE 02 [RONGCHENG-L] Different weights RONGCHENG-L_Field5 […]



With computer technique, we could shape objects easily. Then we could convert them into more organic forms. Combining a series of objects would lead to a kind of structure. And, under certain rules to organize them, structures could grow into fields. These fields could be mixed into some new patterns. or NEW ORDERS.

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Research Question

We have learned machine learning, and have done some experiments about transfer the style of a picture. For the next several weeks, we will make the urban plan to solve some city problems. Then I will show some questions about architectures and city that I am interested in. 1.Non-Reusable buildings My first question is that most of our buildings can’t reuse. When we feel a […]

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Neural style transfer

When we do style transfer, we need to prepare the style pictures and content pictures. In the experiment, I choose the fields and screen shot of the cities as my style pictures. I screen shot different scales of Xiong’an satellite maps as the content pictures.I try to combine different style pictures,content pictures and parameters together, then I get some results. 1.Contents:different scales of Xiong’an […]

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In this part I create a series of objects and use them to generate a lot of fields. All of the work is to find a pattern and makes preparation for the next machine learning and urban plan.  Objects There are a lot of objects. These objects are basic elements for generating fields. Their sizes […]

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Star Yan on Bridle, James: New Dark Age: Chapter 4 Calculation

This article first explains the necessity and inevitability of the emergence of the “Steam Age” in history from the perspective of historical materialism, that is, the pace of scientific and technological development and social progress is unstoppable. The invention of the world wide web is a good example, despite its inventor Tim Berners Lee’s story […]

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Davy Huang on Bridal, James: New Dark Age: Chapter 2 Computation

Chapter 2 expressed the history of computation, the threat of computation we faced and how the computation would shape our life, and way to think. At the very beginning of of the article, the author quoted John Ruskin, who said there would be a ‘storm-cloud of nineteenth century’ which would changing the world in 1871. […]

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Tracy Chan on Bridal, James: New Dark Age: Chapter 5 Complexity

Chapter 5 Complexity mainly talks about technological obscurity and inequality. On the topic technological obscurity, the author discussed the darkness in modern financial system, the troubles made by algorithms and the security problem caused by smart home products. Firstly, in the era of digital finance, big companies spend millions to build faster network and trade […]

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Article presentation on Bridal, James: New Dark Age: Chapter 8 Conspiracy

As described in the book, we are in a flood of information, surrounded by various statements, conspiracy theories. We try to explain the world with our description, but the more information we get, the more confused our explanation is. So we should stay in the gray zone and avoid being blinded by conspiracy theories. 1.Rational, […]

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Alexander Carter on Bridal, James: New Dark Age: Chapter 7 Complicity

The chapter on complicity in James Bridal’s book New Dark Age starts with a description of the role of surveillance and secrecy in reinforcing and preserving power dynamics that benefit the few on the top while clouding civil life with misinformation and uncertainties. He describes this new dark age we are venturing on is characterized […]

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CITYX project is a global research initiative seeking to create a sustainable blueprint for the future evolution of urban design and architecture in China. The research will investigate and identify disruptive patterns of global change and envisage design-led architectural and urban responses that enhance the quality of living in cities.

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