TS Abstract

Construction systems for regenerative design

0 Premasis

I would like to explore the way we build our buildings in the present day and develop an alternative system that takes the best from what we do today in the discipline of construction and other similar disciplines and transforms some of the learned principles into a new augmented idea.
The system allows for interchangeability of components which allows for mass customization in a standardised framework. Components are designed in such a way that the life cycle of each component is considered, so that components can easily be recycled and materials reused. In this way the design of the framework becomes regenerative.

1 Thesis question

How do we design a building system that is highly standardised, yet allows for diversity of design. A system that is structurally, economically and environmentally (easily recyclable) efficient.

2 Hypothesis

The system would have to rely on several basic principles. Firstly, it has to be designed as a component system. Secondly, it has to have set boundary measurements that are identical for similar components. And finally, the connections between components need to be standardised to facilitate continuity.

3 Design Methodology

Currently the idea is to design an orthogonal based system. The system works on three levels.
1 – the urbanistic level: I am designing a 3D grid that is layed over the development area, the grid consists of imaginary boxes that host entities with different program
2 – the entities – boxes are all of the same size and can host different programs that are needed to form a city, this ranges from housing, offices, shops, gardesns, streets, etc. I will design families of entities that then consist of variations
3 – the components – these are building components such as columns, floorplates, walls, stairs, etc. Similarly as entities, I am first designing families and then proposing some variety of the components
4 – joints – there would be several different joints between components, i.e. between walls and floorplates, between columns and walls etc. Joints between same types of components need to be standardised in order for the maximum functionality and interchangeability between components.

4 Assesment Criteria

The project’s success should be measured on the basis of how well the system works in terms of connectability of components, the ability of components to be redesigned within the parameters that are set for their customization and the ability of the general system to host varieties of entities that can interact with each other in a logical, comprehensive way.

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