The Parametric City Analysis
Toolbox for Urban Development
PACIAN - The Parametric City Analysis Toolbox for Urban Development, is a software solution that helps urban planners to predict and simulate development processes. The Interface was crafted within the international and
interdisciplinary research project IN³.
IN³ is an international and interdisciplinary cooperation between the BUW in Weimar and the EiABC in Addis Abeba. The main objective of IN³ is to create knowledge, tools, and networks for establishing high-quality, interdisciplinary, cross-continental research and education on planning and building of resilient cities in Ethiopia and Germany.
The University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd cooperated within the PACIAN Bachelor Project with the BUW and EiABC to development a custom-made UI for the IN³-Toolbox currently in development.
Field trip to Ethiopia
Due to our cooperation with the BUW and the financial support of both the BUW and HfG, we were able to visit Ethiopia for twelve days of intense user research. During the visit, we took part in a three-day excursion to develop our use case, on the example of the village Wurer as well as visiting the Emerging City Lab Addis Abbeba to conduct interviews test ideas and hold workshops.
Outlining the Bachelor Thesis
With overwhelming tendencies, we discovered through our research, that there are two major aspects or potentials of
improvement in nowadays city planning.
First fast decision making and second participation.
We decided to tackle the second mentioned, which can be split into four subcategories:
Inventory, Analysis, Simulation and Implementation. As Analysis and Simulation, are the most time-consuming steps with the least reliable tools at hand, we set our goal to improve these steps.
It is nearly impossible to plan anymore. You can only prepare as good as possible.CITY COUNCILLOR FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION JULIUS MIHM
The help and insights we could generate through our contacts with the Institute for Experimental
Building (ifex) in Weimar, the architecture buro in Ravensburg and the Emerging City Lab Addis Abeba (ECLAA) made this possible.
Defining the Use Case in the Ethiopian Context
The toolbox developt is supposed to be used in the upcoming Groth and Transformation Plan III (GTP), starting 2020. The GTP is a five-year plan forwarded by the Ethiopian government and integrates certain goals the county aims to achieve within its next five year of legislation. This includes as well the development of 8000 small town centres till 2025.