PACIAN – The Parametric City Analysis Toolbox for Urban Development

PACIAN – The Parametric City Analysis Toolbox for Urban Development

The bachelor's thesis "PACIAN - The Parametric City Analysis Toolbox for Urban Development" focuses on the development of a user interface tailored to the specific needs of future Ethiopian urban planners.

Ethiopia faces an extreme growth in population. The country is sweating for labour and the people of Ethiopia seek for work and better living conditions. The resulting rapid wave of urbanization is an issue for local urban planning capacities. The government of Ethiopia tries to solve the problem by transforming over eight thousand small rural settlements into urban town centres. The plan is to establish new industrial and residential areas in the rural sector to decentralize the heavy load on urban centres like the capital city of Addis Ababa.

The goal of this bachelor's thesis is to create a sophisticated application concept, named PACIAN, that helps Ethiopian urban planners attaining the government's plan. The thesis is part of an international and interdisciplinary research cooperation program between the "Bauhaus University Weimar", the "Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development" and the "Emerging City Lab" in Addis Ababa.

PACIAN ensures easy, fast and flexible handling of geographic data and gives the possibility to analyze existing areas and their coherences. Furthermore, PACIAN enables the simulation of spatial and infrastructural development over a predefined time frame. The simulation is an important part of getting insights into changing conditions of planning projects.

PACIAN is an application concept for professional use in the field of urban planning. Hence, its visual appearance and overall usability are optimized for long working hours, large displays and compatibility with CAD software.