1st Edition

Small-Scale Public Transportable and Pre-Fabricated Buildings Evaluating their Functional Performance

By Junjie Xi Copyright 2018
    260 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the design, operation and use of contemporary transportable buildings, and explores how functional performance can be assessed in small-scale examples for public use alongside their relationship to other design elements. The research focuses on three case studies, Chengdu Hualin Elementary School, Exxopolis and Kreod, that do not require a high-technology building environment or complex construction skills. Transportable buildings are defined as those that are transported in a number of parts for assembly on site. Contemporary transportable buildings respond to ecological issues, social impacts, technological innovation and economic demands. They can be used to measure a society’s development in environmental sustainability, innovation and economic growth through various forms. Small-scale transportable buildings fulfil many temporary habitation needs in diverse roles, such as non-emergency transitional housing, ephemeral exhibition buildings and seasonal entertainment facilities. Small-Scale Public Transportable and Pre-Fabricated Buildings will be a useful research text for academics and students in architecture, design and sustainable building performance.



    Part I Current Position

    Chapter 1 Key Factors in the Design and Operation of Public Transportable Buildings

      1. List of Definitions

    1.2 Key Factors

        1. Function
        2. Finance
        3. Timescale
        4. Aesthetics Visual Appearance Acceptability to the Users Appropriateness and Building Sites

    Chapter 2 Analysing the Relationships between Public Transportable Buildings and Sites through Selected Examples

    2.1. Projects Deployed in a Single Location

    2.2. Projects Deployed in Multiple Locations

    Part II Review and Synthesis of Analysis and Evaluation Methods

    Chapter 3 A Conceptual Model for Evaluation

    Chapter 4 A Review of the Existing Analysis and Evaluation Methods

    4.1. Guidelines Developed by City Councils and Cultural Sectors

    4.2. Assessment Methods in Humanitarian Response

    4.3. Monitoring and Evaluating Post-Disaster Recovery Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery

    4.4. Methods in Environmental Assessment

    Chapter 5 The Role of Evaluation in the Public Transportable Building Design Process

    5.1 Functional Performance Evaluation Principles

    5.2 The Evaluation Process

    5.2.1 Pre-Occupancy Evaluation

    5.2.2 Monitoring

    5.2.3 Post-Occupancy Evaluation


    Part III Case Studies

    Chapter 6 Chengdu Hualin Elementary School

    Chapter 7 Exxopolis – an Architects of Air Project

    Chapter 8 Kreod

    Part IV Conclusions

    Chapter 9 Key Findings

    Chapter 10 Limitations and Further Research


    Junjie Xi is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. She graduated with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Liverpool in 2013, and continues this research through her ongoing collaboration with Liverpool’s School of Architecture, where she is an Honorary Research Fellow. She is also a researcher for the China Railway Group Ltd and School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. The research outputs will be used by China Railway Group Ltd in its construction work in the near future.