flexibility in architecture
as we discussed in my last thesis update, at the heart of my thesis is the issue of flexibility in architecture. as part of an exploration into what this means i spent some time breaking it down into flexible typologies (from here i will begin to distill out the most appropriate types of flexibility for my project). i more than welcome any thoughts you may have on the issue (diagrams i sketched apply to the category immediately following).
adaptable. adaptable structures features repositionable partitions or are changeable per user/occupant (case studies: rietveld schroeder house, japanese housing).
universal. what typifies a universally flexible building is its ease of adaptation per use. these buildings are often characterized by open floor plans and typology free design (case studies: s.r. crown hall, eames house).
movable. movable flexible buildings consist of relocatable or repositionable structures or buildings capable of being torn down and reassembled in another location (case studies: nomadic tents, airstream trailers).
transformable. characterized by modular design (capable of adding or removing units or components) transformable structures can also open and close, change form, or change color (case studies: plug-in city, university of phoenix stadium).
responsive. responsive buildings can respond to a number of external stimuli, including, but not limited to, energy/environment, interaction, usage, or occupation (case studies: allianz arena, institut du monde arab).