Adaptability in Architecture: Manhattan FLEX
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Architecture
Works cited: page 109.
"Dense urban island cities around the world – Mumbai, New York, Hong Kong – offer little or no scope for horizontal expansion due to limited availability of land. Buildings today are specialized to accommodate specific programs. This specificity in architectural programming causes redundancy of space, high consumption of energy and materials. A sizable number of our buildings don’t function throughout the day. With this limited availability of land in the island cities and exorbitant real estate prices, buildings can’t afford to remain vacant for long hours of day. Inhabitants and users have also been complaining about the rigidity of the buildings today and their inability to adapt to their evolving needs through time. Thus, we need a new architectural intervention can adapt itself to the changing physical and social context, to accommodate multiplicity of programs, without occupying enormous footprint. This project establishes the meaning and parameters of adaptability in architecture and discusses strategies of how to achieve it."
Keywords: adaptability, ephemeral, time, change, minor architecture, portability
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
PDF : 110 pages, illustrations (some color), color maps, plans
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