Title page for ETD etd-12132010-191856

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Go, Carlo
Author's Email Address carlo.l.go@gmail.com
URN etd-12132010-191856
Title Building Life Cycles: An Exploration of a Building’s Transformation From One Life Into the Next
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
  • disassembly
  • transformation
  • end-of-life
  • adaptive re-use
  • mixed-use
Date of Defense 2010-09-22
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‘Nothing endures but change’ - Heraclitus.

Buildings are designed and built to house a specific program for a set period of time. The end of a building’s life marks a change in its use. In today’s building practices, some building owners opt to demolish an entire building prior to constructing a new one. Unfortunately, this world-wide attitude results in the production of millions of tons of waste every year and is not an ecologically sustainable practice.

However, as green building methods become more valued in today’s society, building owners and designers are becoming more conscious of buildings’ end lives. Construction methods are increasingly involving concepts of designing for disassembly, wherein parts and materials can be easily taken apart for reuse or recycling. Such practices are vital in minimizing the unnecessary production of construction waste.

Everything on earth exhibits change. This thesis explores the development of a newly constructed building and its transformation at the end of its life into a new building. The project consists of two designs; the program of the first was predetermined while the program of the second was chosen by the committee at the concluding stage of the first design.

This thesis seeks to develop a position on architectural design and construction methods that acknowledges the fact that buildings are not permanent objects and that they will, at some point in time, change.

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