Background

Main content

How can we design large projects without necessarily imposing uniformity and rigidity where variety and adaptability over time are desirable?

Habraken, N.J. 1967. The control of complexity. Places 4,2:3.

The origins of ‘open building,’ a term coined by Age van Randen at TU Delft in the eighties, developed from the ideas of N. John Habraken, the Dutch architect and the director of the Foundation for Architects’ Research (SAR), whose work had the specific aim of reinvigorating housing industrialization through a research agenda focused on the relationships between the profession of architecture and the housing industries, emphasizing the varied roles users could take in the process.

Specifically in his 1962 book, Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing, Habraken combined many forward-thinking perspectives that are now widely accepted in the research and practice of architecture, urbanism and the social sciences such as:

  • designing for openness, which involves
    not only capacity, but inclusivity;
  • the recognition that many actors influence
    design and construction processes;
  • the ongoing transformative properties of the built environment.

The conference organizers of THE FUTURE OF OPEN BUILDING have invited speakers and paper presentations to clarify how these core perspectives come together within case studies of various development typologies, as well as to challenge which directions ‘open building’ should take in the twenty-first century.

Accordion. Press Tab to navigate to entries, then Enter to open or collapse content.

 

Organizing Committee

CHAIR Prof. Dietmar Eberle, SIA, Hon. FAIA, ETH Zürich
Dr. Margrit Hugentober, ETH Zürich
Dr. Krishna Bharathi, SIA, NCARB, LEED AP, ETH Zürich
Dr. Michelle Yingying Jiang, EPFL
Associate Prof. Dr. Jia Beisi, University of Hong Kong
Prof. Emeritus Dr. Stephen Kendall, Ball State University
Prof. Dr. Shin Murakami, Sugiyama Jogakuen University

Scientific Committee

CHAIR Prof. Dietmar Eberle, SIA, Hon. FAIA, ETH Zürich
Hon. CO-CHAIR
Prof. Emeritus Dr. Stephen Kendall, Ball State Univ.
Dr. Krishna Bharathi, SIA, NCARB, LEED AP, ETH Zürich
Associate Prof. Dr. Jia Beisi, University of Hong Kong
Prof. Kerstin Höger, SIA, MNAL, Norwegian Univ. of Science & Tech.
Associate Prof. Amira Osman, University of Johannesburg

 

 

 
 
Page URL: http://www.openbuilding2015.arch.ethz.ch/background.html
23.04.2017
© 2017 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich