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Environmental Architecture. Parametric Design and Users’ choice

Caputo, Silvio (2008) Environmental Architecture. Parametric Design and Users’ choice. In: PLEA 2008 – 25th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 22-24 Oct 2008, Dublin, Ireland. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84565)

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This paper presents the initial results of my research-by-design into parametric, prefabricated, high-density low carbon dwelling typologies that allow for both user choice and a privatised relationship with some version of a ‘garden’. Parametric design is a rule-based methodology that in this case allows future residents to assemble their dwelling with the constraints of the kit of parts and optimised environmental performance. User participation is as key to this system as high environmental performance.

The architecture is thus generated by the rules and by user choice. The kit of parts contains elements that allow waste recycling, cultivation of crops and rainwater harvesting, in an attempt to positively influence the lifestyle of the users. The use of prefabrication would deliver lightweight buildings, allowing greater space for the rationalisation of resources, lower consumption of energy and the installation of prefabricated building components that utilise fewer resources compared to traditional building techniques This paper investigates the industrial logic with which prefabricated building components are produced, the reason for the need of user’s participation in the building process and tools to enable this


Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: MMC, Parametric Design, Sustainable Communities
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Silvio Caputo
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2020 12:27 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
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