Open infill design in co-creation : practical steps towards a new modular wall conceptT
Open Building, as conceptualised by Habraken in the 1960s, implies that residents become facilitated to (re)arrange the layout of their homes without too much effort and in line with their needs, while structural architectural elements remain intact. Changes in the infill domain, through interventions at foreseen and unforeseen moments in time, have a strong material implication. This material side is at the heart of this article. The focus is on adaptability of the non-structural interior domain, while unlocking associated materials to flow at short to medium-cyclic frequencies (roughly between 1 and 25 years). From that vantage point, this design-study sets out to establish a prototype for an Open Infill configuration, specifically aimed at non-bearing walls. Three aspects in particular informed the design and development trajectory: 1) purity of applied resources, 2) circularity potential of the applied materials, and 3) engagement of the stakeholders. The result is a lightweight, stackable wall module, made out of renewable fibers from local origin, assembled with reversible joints, and customisable for specific communities. The next stage concerns testing of the concept in practice, aimed at a small wall in a community center in the Netherlands. Although this testing stage is beyond the scope of this article, the discussion section includes insights from the design and development process that are essential to assess the concept’s performance over time.
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Livable Cities : a Conference on Issues Affecting Life in Cities, 14-16 June, 2023, New York, N.Y., USA
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AMPS proceedings series ; 34.1
New York, N.Y. : AMPS , 2024
p. 136-145
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