Adaptable versus lightweight design of transitory dwellings

Wim Debacker, Caroline Henrotay, Willy De Wilde, Hendrik Hendrickx

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Optimisation of structures and materials is a justifiably popular engineering topic. Contemporary research is concentrated, among other, into cost minimisation, structural efficiency and intelligence, in compliance with environmental and social preservation. This paper puts the accent on the time dependent aspect of constructions, such as the life cycle cost, the possibility to make (non-) structural changes and recycle or reuse of building material. In search of an optimisation of this dynamic efficiency of constructions, a design strategy has been developed at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (dept. MeMC & ARCH). A logical question arises: can both types of optimization coexist? The answer is given trough a realistic case study: transitory dwellings.
Keywords: adaptable, reuse, lightweight, optimization, transitory dwelling
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement of natural resources, sustainable development and ecological hazards
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-048-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

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ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet

Bibliographical note

C.A. Brebbia, M.E. Conti, E.Tiezzi


  • sustainable development


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