Milad Showkatbakhsh co-authored a paper titled “The development of habitable urban skyways: claiming interstitial territories through evolutionary processes” in City, Territory and Architecture Journal together with Dr Mohammed Makki (UTS) and Liam Blewett (UTS), Ngoc Xuan Huy Nguyen (UTS).

Developed as either networks that respond to harsh climatic conditions, or solutions that aim to reclaim part of the city for pedestrian use, their use has been additive rather than integrative, in most cases culminating in elevated walkways. This article proposes an alternative approach to the utilisation of urban skyways within existing cities, in which the question of habitation is a primary driver. The research involved the application of sequential evolutionary simulations, to locations in the city of Paris, as an algorithmic approach to achieve multiple conflicting objectives. The results demonstrate the value of urban skyways as habitable spaces that respond to the city as well as being informed by it, in which issues of overpopulation, lack of public space, climatic response and urban farmlands—all of which impact most megacities today—shape the urban decision-making process.

Publication Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40410-023-00211-7