5th-Year Comprehensive Design Studio:
Moving beyond fixations on form, architecture designed for “future-use” looks to balance the formal and spatial with the tectonic and performative to better anticipate both current and possible subsequent spatial, structural, and energy needs. Traditional design processes often thwart the resultant building’s ability to easily adapt to new uses. Thus, investments in capital and energy are short lived, sponsoring a culture of disposability. In response, future use architecture’s ability to evolve will liquidate its economic investment, embodied energy, and cultural presence over time. Research into this concept began through a series of prototyping exercises to explore potentials of passive, mechanical, and structural systems to create a high-performance building that would be flexible enough to accommodate new uses in the future.

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