A chemical paradigm: Matter behavior as heterarchical organizations to generate a design method for resilient city patch

KINE[SIS]TEM – From Nature to Architectural Matter, International Conference, Lisboa, Portugal – 2017

Cities can be considered as complex information systems. They are adaptable, ever changing entities, which cannot be grasped through basic assumptions of how modernism used to do to plan cities. It processes its own information in an heterarchic way that defines patterns in an emergent behavior. Water, in this sense is a very crucial natural entity in the life of cities. However, it is commonly deleterious from the constructed environment, killing the ecologies it creates. Today, most of these water lands are diminished in size, either squeezed into canals or drained to open up space for streets. This can be defined as a wicked problem, since water as a natural entity always tend to find its own way sometimes by damaging the urban environment. Crucial point is to create the ecology with urban and natural environments again as a mutual understanding for a resilient city. This paper aims to search for how the ecological relationships of water in urban environment be reconsidered via computational simulation methods, while keeping its natural structure by adapting itself and manipulating the urban environment.