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Feb 2005 | GEN 66

Design for Adaptability — An Introduction to the Principles and Basic Strategies

Peter Graham
Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment, UNSW

This note introduces the concept of Design for Adaptability as an essential strategy for creating sustainable buildings.  The approach requires life-cycle thinking and the ability to understand how buildings can be designed to be flexible and resilient to human and environmentally induced change.  By designing for adaptability, designers acknowledge that sustainability is an emergent quality of a building, not a performance measure and that a building should be designed in ways that diminish the likelihood of it becoming obsolete.

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Related note: 'Design for Disassembly – Themes and Principles' DES 31 | August 2005

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