Time: June 19, 2017 to June 21, 2017
Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment - Delft University of Technology
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Alejandro Prieto Hoces
Latest Activity: Apr 5
INTERACTING WITH THE FACADE:
Lessons from everyday life in office buildings
The workshop centres around the general topic of user interaction with the building envelope, focusing on selected aspects of façade design and operation from users’ perspective. Commonly, architects and façade designers are present during design and construction stages of the façade development process, without mayor involvement during the operation phase; thus, missing the chance to evaluate how their designs perform in reality, and preventing the use of valuable feedback for future projects.
Therefore, this workshop seeks to position students in the operation phase of building envelopes, learning from the daily experience of users from real office buildings located in Delft and surrounding areas. Office buildings present extra challenges compared to residential buildings, due to the higher technical complexity of façade systems and unclear user profiles, which results on a need for standardisation that not always matches users’ comfort and control needs.
The workshop is structured around the evaluation of real cases, focusing on three key aspects to promote a discussion about the role of the building façade during the operation phase and the identification and assessment of existing possibilities for user interaction: comfort, automation, and adaptability over time.
GOAL & OUTCOME:
The main goal of the workshop is to motivate a critical discussion among students and façade experts, about the role of façades during the operation phase of buildings, and the need for considering users’ needs and behaviour as relevant inputs for the design and construction process; based on the evaluation of real office buildings.
The expected outcome of the workshop will be an assessment of several office buildings in terms of the discussed key aspects, based on simplified post-occupancy evaluation methods. Thus, the students will be provided with guidance and proper tools to achieve the expected results within the timeframe.
Alejandro Prieto Hoces
PhD Researcher – Facade Research Group
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft
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