A conceptual framework for interpretations of modularity in architectural projects

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In Flanders, circularity is becoming a well-discussed domain in the design and construction sector, in part due to the efforts of the Flemish Government. The ultimate goal of the transition toward a circular economy (CE) is becoming resource independent and reducing the sector’s environmental impact. However, architectural designers still struggle with the implementation of circular design choices in their practice. According to literature, compatibility is put forward as one of the circular design qualities. Compatibility between building components and modular building design go hand in hand. Moreover, recent developments in the CE have led to a renewed interest in modularity by architects, although the way of implementation and thus the interpretation of modularity have changed frequently over time. To foster implementation of this concept, there is a need for a conceptual framework that allows architects to have a clear overview of all different interpretations and to bring forward new ideas of modularity. This paper is not an exhaustive study of the history of all phenomena behind modularity, but rather an explorative approach for a better understanding of modularity in the design process. Therefore, archetypical examples and their related design concepts are presented to be as clear as possible. Finally, a preliminary framework for interpretations of modularity is proposed and this will be used as a starting point for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Early online date8 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventSustainability in Energy and Buildings 2020 - Split, Croatia
Duration: 9 Sep 202011 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Cite this paper as: Tavernier I., Cambier C., Galle W., De Temmerman N. (2021) A Conceptual Framework for Interpretations of Modularity in Architectural Projects. In: Littlewood J., Howlett R.J., Jain L.C. (eds) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2020. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 203. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-8783-2_10


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