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Flexible: Architecture that Responds to Change, by Robert Kronenburg

March 31, 2009

This is the first book to deal with the entire scope of this increasingly dynamic and vital area of architectural practice.

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This book explores the whole genre of flexible architecture – buildings that are intended to respond to evolving situations – geographical, chronological and cultural. Flexible architecture adapts to new uses, responds to change rather than stagnating, and is motive rather than static. This volume addresses all the issues. Part One goes beyond interactive screens and explores the historical, cultural and social context that has shaped contemporary design and architecture. Part Two is divided in to four key sections that characterise flexible architecture. The first is ‘Adapt’, to better respond to various functions, uses and requirements of the building. ‘Transform’ deals with alterations of shape, volume, form or appearance. ‘Move’ is interesting since a building is one of the most immovable artifacts of our culture and, finally, ‘Interact’ explores both the inside and the outside of the house and the use of intelligent systems, whether automatic or intuitive. Crossing boundaries between architecture, product design and interior design, this is the first book to deal with the entire scope of this increasingly dynamic and vital area of architectural practice.

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