Supporting transformable building design with interactive feedback

Even though the world around us is changing rapidly, our buildings do not. Buildings do not have the ability to transform from one configuration into another. Perhaps the most important reason for that is that they are not designed for such changes. Designers typically regard buildings as static structures and ignore that businesses grow, shrink or go bankrupt, that people age and family compositions change, and that innovative technologies replace older ones. But new usages persistently reshape or retire buildings anyway, which then unavoidably results in excessive amounts of waste. As just one step towards the design of more transformable buildings, we have been developing software that can provide designers with interactive feedback on the topic. Read more

Towards dynamic and circular building: practical lessons

The construction industry has the bad reputation of being one of the most polluting industries worldwide. Recent studies found that the industry is the greatest consumer of natural resources and energy, while at the same time the greatest dumper of waste. Buildings can usually not adapt well to new usages and, as a result, they are torn down. This problem is intensifying as our society is changing at an increasing speed. It is clear that thorough and systemic changes are urgently needed to contribute to global sustainability. The big question is then how we can design buildings that can transform over time to fit new usages and that consume fewer virgin resources. That question has been addressed at the International Design Studio of 2016. Read more