SA 009: How to Make Adaptive Design Truly Versatile (Podcast)



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Podcast Summary:

Adaptive design should aim to be truly versatile. This ensures that an adaptive architectural design will do its best to meet occupant needs and goals. This podcast teaches you about three critical factors that can help your adaptive design to respond appropriately (and in real-time) to occupant needs. After all, with greater versatility within your adaptive design, will come greater building effectiveness for building occupants.

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Podcast Transcript:

This is Maria Lorena Lehman with SensingArchitecture.com, and today we’re going to talk about how to make adaptive design truly versatile.

Adaptive design in architecture is about buildings that respond to change. And this change can come from a variety of sources — like the weather or occupant behavior and need, for instance. Adaptive architecture is an architecture that can change in real-time to meet such occupant needs as they occur (or even before the occur, with predictive measures). But how do you ensure that your adaptive design is truly versatile? How do you ensure that it is able to meet those real-time needs of occupants?

The following are three important factors to ensure that your adaptive design for architecture is as versatile as it can be — in efforts to serve building occupants with the best experience possible.

1) Occupant-Centered Design: It all begins with an occupant-centered approach to architectural design. By better understanding how your building occupants behave and respond to environments, you can be sure that your adaptive design will be not only more versatile, but also more beneficial for occupants as well. By understanding that occupants are at the center, your adaptive design will have a guiding anchor that its versatility will follow. After all, it may be important to be versatile, but it is even more important to understand the consequences of why.

2) Pattern Analysis: It is important when creating an adaptive design to really get to the root of what your occupants need, why they need it, and when. Patterns can help you determine this. To better understanding your building occupant’s habits, goals, and other behaviors — you can analyze occupant behavior patterns and response patterns. You can use your findings to inform how your design should behave for its occupants — thus, making the experience of your adaptive architecture much more personalized and comfortable. In this way, your adaptive design can improve with each interaction.

3) Choice Spectrum: For each situation, there may be a variety of ways in which your architecture can respond. For this reason, you may want to design choice into your adaptive design. After all, if your architecture has a variety of responses from which to choose, then it can select the “best choice” from which to serve its occupant. Plus, each situation may change enough to warrant a different response from your given design. Designing for a choice spectrum will ensure that your architecture is truly more versatile.

The latter three factors on how to ensure that your adaptive design for architecture is truly versatile can help your design process that aims to create the best possible interactions for occupants. The key is to understand your building occupants and then to provide choice (either indirectly or directly). After all, with greater versatility within your adaptive design, will come greater building effectiveness for building occupants.

Thank you for listening, I’m Maria Lorena Lehman with SensingArchitecture.com. But there’s one last thing — I would love it if you could leave me a review for this podcast within iTunes. Hopefully, you love the podcast, but I’d really appreciate your honest opinion. Thanks in advance for taking the time to send me your feedback.

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