Sunday 19 April 2009


denCity is a Masters level research project by Sahra (Peter Sovinc, Saif Almasri, Suryansh Chandra) at the Design Research Lab, Architectural Association, London.

denCity is a critique of modern day urbanization and city planning methodologies that are based on 20-year masterplans of linear city growth and are incapable of dealing with the pace of change of modern economic landscapes, societal conditions and life styles. It researches new interactive systems of master planning and urban design, that are capable of coping with completely different economic scenarios within a matter of seconds, producing relevant FAR and height regulation maps, programmatic distribution information and street networks.
At the architectural scale, denCity critiques modern day urbanization that is shaped by an assumed unending abundance of energy sources and the short sighted reliance on private vehicular transportation. The research is focussed on developing super high density 20 FAR pedestrian ladscapes and addressing issues of natural light penetration and ground association observed in contemporary high density cities.

Below is the online version of the final project with voice over:

Part 1/2

Part 2/2

Please feel free to leave you feedback/suggestions/etc.


  1. Very interesting work!

    It reminds me of the research projects tutored by Peter Trummer in the Berlage Institute, especially "Synthetic Vernacular", which you most likely know already very well.

    I also think that your design intent bears great resemblence to the works of Makoto Sei Watanabe - the "Induction cities".

    I find the general idea of the bottom-up design approach using associative design methods trully inspiring. An idea that maybe finaly constitutes the specific value of "architecture in a digital era".

    Makes me wonder what are the limits of such an approach (if any) and how one should interpet the role of the urban/architectural designer in the process...

    Again- great job, looking forward to seeing what's comming up next!

  2. hey sir saurabh again actually i have left the same comment on your grasshopper forum profile i needed a favour to ask you actually i was practicising grasshopper with help of an ebook i found in this forum "algorithmic modelling "
    by mohammad khabazi and i m stuck data sets and math actually the thing s there was a practice use of series shown in it wen i used it the result was coming awkward in the sense the fuction given was to make a circle but i didnt knew were to write the fuction i just made a hit and try and the result was only a quadrant as a result i even changed the input values but the result ws still a circle
    is it possible for you to share some link where i can learn the proper way of using the math and data functions

  3. Congrats!

    Nice work and congrats for surviving DRL. I havent seen people using GH for designing an interface so far ;)

    Although I don't totally agree with the theory of parametric urbanism, I do like the way your project developed from a general urban approach into a deeply adapted investigation within the field a distribution, connectivity, structural solutions and sustainably ecological investigations.

    Thumbs up! Patrick