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Internet Based Open Building : a combined solution for an effective and structured open design process

Ricardo Alexis Nader

Internet Based Open Building : a combined solution for an effective and structured open design process.

Rel. Francesca De Filippi, Mladen Jadric, Silvia Forlati, Sebastiano Citroni. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, 2015

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Is it possible today to design a building that responds to human needs of constant re-adaptation and transformation of the residential space?

In the last 50 years, many alternatives and methods have been proposed by architects but still remains an issue with no clear unique solution.

Most of the answers to the issue are also associated to the word “open”, which is one of the starting points of this thesis and defines processes of design, thinking and building that integrate users.

Therefore, this research is particularly oriented to give a possible answer to the main question and offer an appropriate operative method.

The design approach pursued uses contemporary tools; it will try to connect together two realities: the real physical world made by the built environment and people; and the immaterial world, the so called “cyberspace”, the virtual world used every day through Internet.

The physical building presented in the end of the thesis will be designed through the use of open design tools extracted from a series of case studies analysed in the third chapter. Some relevant examples will support the website integrated to the project as well.

The open building has similar features to the model theorized by N. John Habraken, which has been largely applied in European countries and overseas in USA and Japan.1

The project will be combined with a digital platform able to connect future and current users to the design process and improve the interaction.

Hence, an open building that integrates real and virtual participation in the process should be able to give a functioning operative method for a high quality final product in terms of adaptability, appropriate for the contemporary society.

Relators: Francesca De Filippi, Mladen Jadric, Silvia Forlati, Sebastiano Citroni
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AO Design
A Architettura > AQ Functional spaces of the dwelling
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città
Classe di laurea: UNSPECIFIED
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/4362



00 Introduction

01Social Context

The Contemporary Society Framework

Needs and requirements

Crisis of the lifestyle

02 Open Design

Architects’ Role in Open Design’s Processes

Open Design Process Structure

3 Interviews

03 Case Studies

Free Plan Rental

Banner Building

Grundbau und Siedler



Wohnprojekt Wien


Homerus Quarter


Crossed Comparison of Tools for an Open Design

04 Proposal

The Overall System

The Site

The Website


The “Structure"


05 Conclusion

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