KELLY, G. ... et al., 2011. Improving the design of adaptable buildings though effective feedback in use. IN: Proceedings of 2011 CIB Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment international conference (MISBE 2011), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19-23 June 2011.
For many years the issue of how to design buildings which can adapt to changing demands has posed a considerable challenge. This debate has had renewed significance given the emergence
of the sustainability agenda and the need to extract additional value from built assets through
life. Developing a better understanding of how buildings change over time is arguably crucial
to informing architects concerned with extending the life of buildings. This paper critically
reviews literature on adaptability, together with that relating to knowledge feedback and
architectural practice, in order to construct a theoretical platform for understanding how
knowledge of how buildings change can be used to inform design decisions. A pilot case study
is used to illustrate the ways in which buildings change could be captured to inform adaptable
designs in the future. The work reveals a lack of knowledge in how buildings change and how,
if this was fed back to architects, it could support design decisions that might increase the life
of many buildings.
This research project is funded by the EPSRC through the Innovative Manufacturing
and Construction Research Centre at Loughborough University.