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The balance between the present and the future

The balance between the present and the future
Anonymous - Thu May 24, 2012 @ 12:42PM
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To achieve this balance, architects design flexible and adaptable building systems in order to create buildings that will work in the future as well as they do in the present. This balance occurs when the envelope and the interior can be adapted for changes in technology, program or occupant and when buildings are loose fitting and composed of materials that can be taken apart, rather than demolished.

It is crucial that the adaptability of the building be readily apparent to the occupants.  Looking back on Colantonio's work, this is also a balance between externally derived change and continuity from within.

As an example, when Schipol Airport, outside Amsterdam, underwent its most recent renovation, the partitions were created using lighter materials more easily deconstructed. Spaces were designed larger than absolutely necessary, assuming a flux in passenger capacity. schiphol_interior.jpg

La Maestra Health Clinic in San Diego though seeming comprised of many carved up offices and examination rooms, assumed great future change from the onset. Floor and ceiling finishes span the entire building, rather than stopping at partitions. The electrical and mechanical systems are designed and built with a high degree of flexibility for future room layout changes.


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2. Joffre  |  my website   |   Tue Aug 07, 2012 @ 04:53AM

How does one balance past and future if one has no idea what the future will look like?

The modernists of a century ago started making assumptions about the new man and this led to some poor design choices. It turns out that the man of the future will look a lot like the man of the past, so plan accordingly.

3. Archana Agarwal  |  my website   |   Thu Sep 20, 2012 @ 02:34AM

This is a very important aspect in Architectural design. Though it is very difficult to visualise the future and envisage the trend, it is always advisable to keep arrangement in all systems for future expansion and have flexibility in design to accommodate for modification at a later date, especially in public utility buildings and infrastructure development.

4. Sean  |  my website   |   Thu Oct 25, 2012 @ 02:18PM

A very interesting post. It can be hard to visualize trends for the future when you first start creating. I do enjoy public buildings having the modernistic touches.

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I am amazed on how buildings are being built. Sometimes I could see some odd designs not knowing that there is some purpose on why they did that. Thank you for such an interesting post and for sharing knowledge.

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20. Ben Cradby   |   Sat Aug 10, 2013 @ 02:51PM

"architects design flexible and adaptable building systems in order to create buildings that will work in the future as well as they do in the present." - I think its very important to think not only on the present, but on the future as well. Its a great approach, not taken by everybody unfortunately.