GROWING URBAN HABITATS

Osaka Gas next 21 Construction Committee | next 21 Experimental Housing

Osaka, Japan | 2001 | Project Link

Perspective

COMPOUND AGENCY

-Agency: how a result or end is achieved.
-The lifestyle, personality and intent of the individual determines the form of the dwelling unit within a framework of structural supports and modular pieces.
-The building is the sum of the custonmizationn choices of all the occupants.

NEGOTIATE

-Negotiation is not limited to shared, outdoor spaces. The interior circulation responds to the shape and layout of each unit. The placement and orientation of windows and balconies requires dialogue between neighbors. adjacent conflicting uses must be avoided. Opportunities arise for shared spaces between adjoining units.
-Negotiation can also occur in section dedicated spaces can interlock, shift or open up to each other according to the needs of complicit neighbors.

Research By: Neil

UPGRADE

Lifecycles encompass not only the inhabitants of a building, but the building itself. Moore's Law teaches us that technology is not static, and building and systems technology is no different from computing power. Geothermal solar, biofuel, radiant heating, deep skins: if building are constructed statically, they may not be able to take advantage of new technologies without great cost. The concept of social capital necessitates a flexible intervention. Next 21 focuses on the "2-step" model, in which step one is the physical capital (the concrete superstructure) and step two is the social capital, which takes the form of indiviudalized, infinitely reconfigurable panalize unit systems. The incorporation of mechanical systems in a flexible-pipe, underfloor cavity system allows for the building and its owners and inhabitants to upgrade the space to changing needs and increased technological capacities. Like computer software and hardware, as new components become available, old parts ca be unplugged and new ones inserted while retaining the basic underlying structure.

Research By: Harding

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