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Adaptive Value

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The traditional notion of architecture as a mostly static condition is being increasingly challenged by the ever- accelerating pace of change in the modern world. Architecture that cannot accommodate change comes to be underused, demolished, and replaced with new construction, thus contributing to an unsustainable cycle of material production. In order to achieve a more responsible architectural practice, I propose to disrupt this cycle by implementing adaptability into the design of new built environment.The following essay is the result of my investigation into adaptability of architecture completed over the course of the Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design program. The text begins with an attempt to define adaptable architecture and outline the extent of my inquiry. It further presents seven different approaches to adaptability. Each one is supported by a case study of either a design studio or an architectural elective. The third part of the essay synthesizes all the work and proposes a new conceptual framework for viewing adaptability in architecture.

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94 pages

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2021-12

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Adaptability; Adaptation; Adaptive Reuse; Architecture; Change; Design

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Chi, Lily H.

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O'Donnell, Caroline Ann

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Architecture

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M.S., Architecture

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Master of Science

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dissertation or thesis

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