Intelligent Structural Adaptability

Apr 06, 2015

This paper posits that cities will become denser requiring continued addition of height to existing buildings. It investigates the environmental and economic impact of designing for longevity by comparing strategies for the design of structural systems for future expansion to the design of present conditions. This paper speculates on the structural impact of the development of new materials with higher allowable stresses and lighter densities as well as the impact of robotic construction.

keywords: Structural Resiliency, Embodied Energy, Structural Efficiencies

Hollee Hitchcock Becker (The Catholic University of America)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2015 Conference – The FUTURE of Architectural Research (Chicago, IL)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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