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Adaptable Architecture: Theory and Practice
     

Adaptable Architecture: Theory and Practice

by Robert Schmidt III, Simon Austin
 

There is a growing recognition of the important role that adapting existing buildings can play in achieving a more sustainable built environment and consequently the need to design buildings to be more adaptable. However, until now there has been no concise handbook that a wide variety of stakeholders can quickly reference in order to better understand and

Overview

There is a growing recognition of the important role that adapting existing buildings can play in achieving a more sustainable built environment and consequently the need to design buildings to be more adaptable. However, until now there has been no concise handbook that a wide variety of stakeholders can quickly reference in order to better understand and implement adaptability in buildings.

Developing Adaptable Architecture provides thought-provoking and inquisitive insights into adaptability while remaining practical in its approach. It is a compact reference book full of essential information when questioning, imagining, or illustrating adaptability – from new designs to existing buildings. The book is conveniently formatted into two parts: a written perspective and a visual perspective which is full of summaries, diagrams, drawings, reference charts, tables, and photos of exemplar solutions for use as conversational tools or working aids.

In addition, an easily identifiable section is provided as ‘tools for industry’ which can be quickly referenced by users for answers to specific questions. Further information and resources are also available through the Adaptable Futures website www.adaptablefutures.com which includes a teaching package, promotional video, industry events, and other up-to-the-minute developments.

The book provides a number of lenses into adaptability, stretching thinking beyond normal views that are expressed in a project environment. It fosters different ways of thinking and techniques for appraising our long-term building assets. For any professional or student within the built environment considering an adaptable project, this is a book you cannot afford to be without.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415522588
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/24/2016
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Schmidt III is an architect and academic. He is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Loughborough University, UK, a visiting researcher at Chongqing University, China, and the founder of Idapu, a design and research practice. His recent work has focused on urban transformation strategies, architectural education and practice models.

Simon Austin is Professor of Structural Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include 3D printing, concrete materials and structures, building systems, workplace design and design management. He co-founded Adept Management, an international consultancy specializing in design and engineering management.

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