Understanding the Characteristics of Adaptability and Multi-functionality in Buildings of the Future
Communities and their various housing needs change over time, hence they require spaces that can adapt well to those changes and even allow for a range of users to enjoy the same space at different times. This research was undertaken to appreciate the characteristics of adaptability and multi-functionality in buildings whether on a short-term, mid-term and/ or long-term basis. The methodology of the research included exploratory, empirical, and strategic inquiry. Case studies of two prominent buildings under the rich context of adaptable, multi-functional spaces in the event capital of Asia (Hong Kong) and in one of the largest megacities of Africa (Lagos) were examined. These traditional design research methods were also supported with innovative techniques like photography to help better explore existing conditions in and around the study sites. Findings of the case studies have shown that a design approach based on adaptability and multi-functionality of spaces relative to different activities for different times as well as evolving needs is possible and should be adopted, instead of allowing buildings become inefficient shells or waste products of a fast paced world.
Keywords: adaptability, multi-functionality, time, use, buildings of the future
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