The 2nd theme addresses the importance of the factors Time and Change in architecture i.e. designing and building for adaptability, whilst anticipating future use. Examples of topics to be dealt with are: user focus, performance cycles, and ownership distribution.
Since the ‘Open Bouwen’ proposition by John Habraken in the 1960s, the Netherlands has played a leading role in technical research around the principle of dividing structural building layers and infill-related layers. Both TU Eindhoven and TU Delft, for example, have deployed important research activities in this field.
However, due to a variety of factors, the Open Bouwen ideas have found their way to implementation in other countries (e.g. Finland and Japan) more than in the Dutch context. That is not to say that the importance has disappeared. Quite the contrary; with the increasing attention for circular building principles, the notion grows that open – and adaptable – building methods provide a key to facilitate circularity. A recent project on materials & circular building principles, initiated by TU Delft in cooperation with Doepel Strijkers Architects and BRIQS Foundation, was largely built on this relationship: when buildings or building units allow for easy rearrangements or transformations, they can adequately respond to social dynamics and functional changes over time.
The parallel sessions elaborate on the compatibility – and incompatibility – of open, adaptable building on the one hand and circular building principles on the other, as well as the associated shifts in business models and legal configurations. Both session leaders have extensive experience in these fields of expertise.
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