From Modular Architecture to Adaptable Collective Housing: A Design Charrette Bringing the Open Building Knowledge to the Solar Decathlon 2012 Europe

Ana Bonet Miro, Luca Brunelli

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Abstract

The design workshop is a central part of the academic
module on “Industrialized housing” within the MSc in
Industrialized and Prefab Architecture, at the Faculty
of Architecture, CEU-Cardenal Herrera University in
Valencia (Spain). The workshop constitutes an
opportunity for students to get acquainted with several
aspects of “4th dimension architecture” applied to
housing, particularly on the articulation of levels and
domains of control. This feature is made patent by
changing the roles of students from designers to users
during the workshop. This year, the main objective was
to bring a “4th dimension” input to the CEU-UCH
proposal for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012.
Students were asked to outline a design strategy that should allow turning the single family module of the competition into a prototype for collective, multistorey, adaptable housing. The paper’s aim is dual: on the one hand it illustrates the background, development and results of the workshops held during the Master. Particular attention was paid to the learning process and the broader influence it has on the students’ view of collective housing. On the other hand, it will describe the impact of this approach on the current development of the SDE 2012 prototype.
Original languageEnglish
Pages139-145
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2011

Keywords

  • architectural education
  • collective housing
  • Solar Decathlon Europe
  • Open Building

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