1st Edition

Adaptable Architecture Theory and practice

By Robert Schmidt III, Simon Austin Copyright 2016
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    Adaptable Architecture provides thought-provoking and inquisitive insights into how we can prolong the useful life of buildings by designing them to be more adaptable, and hence create a more sustainable built environment. The book provides a theoretical foundation counterpointed by the experiences and ideas of those involved in the design and use of buildings. It explains many approaches to designing for change, with lessons from history, and case studies including The Cedar Rapids Public Library, Kentish Town Health Centre and Folkestone Performing Arts Centre, which stretch our thinking beyond the conventional notions of adaptability. The authors reveal the many conditions that make it a complex design phenomenon, by considering the purpose, design and business case of buildings as well as the physical product.

    Full of summaries, diagrams, reference charts, tables, and photos of exemplar solutions for use as conversational tools or working aids, this book is for any professional or student who wants to research, question, imagine, illustrate - and ultimately design for - adaptation.

    In addition, further information and resources are available through the Adaptable Futures website www.adaptablefutures.com which includes additional case studies, videos, information about industry events and up-to-the-minute developments.

    Preface  Adaptable Architecture  Architecture is Unfinished  Part 1: Introduction  1. Motivating Observations  Part 2: A History of Adaptability  2. Historical Overview  3. Strands of Designing for Adaptability  Part 3: A Theory for Adaptability  4. Developing the Concept  5. Common Takes on Adaptability  6. Buildings as Layers  7. A Typology of Adaptability  8. Design Strategies, Characteristics and Tactics  9. Building Characteristics in Detail  10. Unravelling Contextual Contingencies  11. Design Resources  12. Meta-models  Part 4: Adaptability in Practice  13. Linking Theory to Case Studies  14. Primary Case Studies  15. Designing for Adaptability  16. Designing for Adaptable Futures  Part 5: Conclusions  17. A Living Thing  References


    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.