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Architectural System Structures

Integrating Design Complexity in Industrialised Construction, 1st Edition

By Kasper Sánchez Vibæk


248 pages

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This book proposes a system structure in architectural design that conceptualises a systemic level in architecture and construction that lies between general construction techniques and specific architectural results. In order to make such a system structure operational, the elaboration of a model seeks on the one hand to analytically grasp and on the other hand to make it possible to actively work with system structures as part of architectural design. Kasper Sanchez Vibaek's ambition is to bridge an apparent and increasing gap between architectural ideation and the way these ideas are brought to life as real physical manifestations of our built environment.

In line with the so-called systems sciences the book rejects the prevalent scientific view that the degree of detail ‘automatically’ enhances understanding and explanative power of complex phenomena. It establishes the idea of a systems view on buildings and architectural design that through the use of flexible constituent elements facilitates discussion and decision making about how architectural wholes are appropriately put together as assemblages of what the current and future building industry is capable of producing.

Based on several years of detailed research into the architectural consequences of construction when exposed to industrialised production techniques and systems, Architectural System Structures represents a new way to look at what is already there and is useful for all those interested in the processes of architectural creation and realisation specifically attached to time, place and cultural context.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Frame. 1. Preface 2. Acknowledgements 3. Introduction 4. Scope Part 2: System. 1. Systems in architectural theory 2. Classification systems in construction 3. Industrial production theory 4. General systems theory 5. Architectural systems terminology Part 3: Product. 1. From construction of projects to production in projects 2. Product catalogue 3. Industrial ecology, Part 4: Model. 1. Model presentation 2. KieranTimberlake 3. Scandi Byg 4. NCC 5. Arup Associates Part 5: Reflection. 1. Findings 2. Conclusions in short

About the Author

Kasper Sánchez Vibæk is former Associate Professor at CINARK, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark. Presently working with system architecture, quality, and sustainability in Kvadrat Soft Cells that develop, produce and sell acoustic solutions with high design content for construction projects worldwide.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development