Towards a better-informed design process: Integrating Design For Change Principles Into New Collaborative And Data-Oriented Approaches?

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The construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings represent a vast share on our environmental impact and generates a tremendous amount of waste. Our fast-evolving society also contributes to an increase of change rates in buildings and thus, waste. To solve those issues and move towards a circular built environment, Design for Change (DfC) was developed. In DfC, buildings are designed as time-dependent structures considering change. However, the current assessment of DfC principles is manual and not completely reproducible. Indeed, it relies on the expertise and personal analysis of an assessor and thus, may differ depending on his interpretation.
Therefore, there is an opportunity to develop an objective method allowing designers to make better-informed decisions based on feedback. The information is gathered from a digital model throughout the design process and evolves by continuously updating and assessing parameters in accordance with the evolving buildings’ complexity - first with rule of thumbs and later with exact calculations.
This paper proposes to combine BIM and DfC through tools development and optimisation of the designers’ decision-making process. This combination will benefit to both, the BIM implementation for architects by either generating an added value at early stage and the propagation of DfC by generalizing its concepts into reproducible and automated feedback.
To do so, two major tools have been developed. The first proposes an analysis of Adaptability and Generality of buildings based on the room proportions and height, the potential of daylight, natural ventilation and the design choices. While the second maps the building into a network of components and qualifies their potential for reuse/disassembly.
The two tools within the general design framework, will allow designers to integrate BIM and DfC earlier in the design process, contributing to the development, sharing and democratization of DfC by making it easier to implement and assess.
Design For Change (DfC), Building Information Modelling (BIM), Decision Making Tools, Adaptable Design, Data-driven architecture
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGDC2017 Green Design Conference proceedings
Place of PublicationMostar, Bosnia
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventGDC2017 - Green Design Conference - Mostar Cultural Center, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 4 Oct 20177 Oct 2017


ConferenceGDC2017 - Green Design Conference
Abbreviated titleGDC2017
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
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