The two new Tygron employees have recently received a crash course to use the Tygron Geodesign Platform. How quickly did they master the software and what kind of project did they work on?
By: Alicia Sam & Wout Lindeman
Two months ago we followed the Quick-start training at the office to become familiar with the basic functionalities of the Tygron Platform. First of all, we came up with a fictional project to work on. Because Wout is a student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, we have loaded the neighbourhood of the school into the platform. An area of 500 × 500 meters, Laakhaven-East and its surroundings
Statement and Stakeholders
After some internet research, we came to the following problem: There are too few affordable housing for students in The Hague . According to the AD, the shortage of student housing will increase to about 1,900 homes in 2024. That is why we looked at what it would mean for the area around The Hague University of Applied Sciences if we place a few hundred student apartments in this neighbourhood. Stakeholders like the municipality, the housing corporations and education would benefit from this. However, each party has its different interests.
Overlays and Indicators
The municipality is joining the Haagse Hogeschool to realize more student housing, but this should not be at the expense of the spatial quality of the neighbourhood. Livability is an indicator/overlay that is standard in the Tygron Engine. In addition, the municipality does not want students to live in places with poor air quality. The impact of roads on air quality is also standard in the engine. The third and most important indicator is the number of student housing in the area.
The number of student residences around The Hague University of Applied Sciences includes residences owned by education, student flats and ten percent of residences in social housing (this percentage is our own assumption).
We added these ourselves using the Query Tool and Excel. By choosing Indicators → Query Tool , information on various topics of the area can be retrieved. In the picture below, for example, the number of houses owned by education is looked up.
The TQL code that can be used in Excel is given in the box at the bottom. The Tygron Engine knows that in the cell named SELECT_UNITS_WHERE_STAKEHOLDER_IS_4, the actual data of this entry must be used. This way, calculations can be made in Excel to keep track of the changes in the project. Then, the calculation for the number of student residences in the project area becomes:
SELECT_UNITS_WHERE_STAKEHOLDER_IS_4 + SELECT_UNITS_WHERE_CATEGORY_IS_STUDENT + (SELECT_UNITS_WHERE_CATEGORY_IS_SOCIAL / 10) = The number of student residences in the area.
It is undesirable for students to live in places with poor air quality due to busy roads. The student residences in a place with poor air quality therefore do not count towards the goal.
The two goals, improving livability and increasing the number of student housing, are achieved by implementing actions. However, actions cost money. Each stakeholder has a certain budget, so it is important to consider actions that are affordable while delivering major benefits. Here we wondered where we could modify the starting budget. We found our answer on the wiki by searching for the word ‘budget’: Stakeholders → levels → choose the relevant stakeholder → adjust the budget on the right. http://support.tygron.com/wiki/Levels#Provided_Budget
Housing associations can convert abandoned offices into student residences. In the Actions menu we could only choose offices → apartments and offices → shops . Since we couldn’t find our answer in the software, the next step was again the Wiki . Using the Upgrade Types button, we were able to create actions ourselves and ultimately implement them. http://support.tygron.com/wiki/Upgrades#Creating_and_editing_upgrade_types
The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants more student accommodation in the area. The university could take this into its hands by building housing around the campus, but in the Tygron Platform, education did not have the authority to do this. Using the Stakeholders → Actions → Add, we added a New action menu , so that we could add various actions, such as building cheap student rooms or building a student flat or student residence on water.
With the help of the Quick-start training and the Wiki, we managed to create our own project in the Tygron Platform in a few hours. However, to make the game really playable, the knobs still needed to be turned a bit, but the base was in place!
We mention a few important take-away points:
- You have the option of starting a new project, joining an existing project, and playing the rewarding editorand game session.
- You can change the attributes of existing buildings, build new buildings, and expand existing homes with the sections
- There are three types of stakeholders in a play session: playable, non-playable and not present in the area.
- Included are overlays that display information in an area, from neighbourhoods to air quality to livability.
- Take a look at the existing indicators, how they are calculated with Excel, and how your own data can be used to create indicators using the Query tool.
- Actions that stakeholders can perform are defined by default, but can be adjusted under the Actions