A building has to serve the continuously changing needs of its users. Change is inescapable, therefore buildings should be designed to invite adaptation to stay functional and pleasant to be in.
A building is never perfect and finished. Therefore it should be constantly aligned to the speed and changing needs of the user.
Different parts of a building change at different rates to follow constant changing user requirements.
Not the initial architect but time is the main architect of our built environment.
The learn/work environment is solidified policy. When policy is modified real estate is difficult to ‘liquify’ again. Regularly aligning real estate strategy with company policy makes timely anticipation possible.
“Most of the time during the design phase ‘Form Follows Function’,
but during the in use phase ‘Function Melts Form’.” (René Stevens)
In addition to the 6 shearing layers of change that Steward Brand distinguishes in his book How Buildings Learn (1994), there are two more layers:
- Surroundings, such as nature, utilities and traffic infrastructure, landmarks, public transport and,
- Social, the way building occupants organise their activities, work together, exchange ideas and the ‘inner environment’ of the people. It’s all about people. Make your organisation more human by bridging Real Estate and the Real State (mind, body, heart and spirit) of people.
The learn/work environment is a potential agent for change. By changing the environment, the users might be stimulated to think about adapting their activities and behaviour.
If you want your building to be (more) adaptable to your needs and need a flexibility scan as evidence for the level of adaptative capacity, feel free to contact us. We would be privileged to develop a custom-made program for your organisation.
– The Architect as a Business Optimizer –
‘Squaring the circle by connecting the dots’