WE19 - An Infrastructure Strategy for a Resilient Building Stock

Wednesday, November 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM | 109A « Back

Abstract Text:

A significant literature exists addressing infrastructure – public and private - in the built environment. Road networks on different scales and railway lines come to mind, as do water and sewer systems and communication networks. They all serve multiple users and frame physical conditions for inhabitation. In large capital assets such as these, control is distributed and design decisions and governance are guided by both convention and explicit regulations. Governmental entities as well as private parties are involved in complex and changing agreements, financing and management of such infrastructure systems. Increasingly, buildings with similar characteristics, serving multiple and changing users, are being built to offer space for customized user settlement. Shopping centers and office buildings, for instance, have behaved this way for some time, as have notable centuries-old buildings and building complexes that continue to retain their value while providing space for changing uses. Now we see residential buildings, educational facilities and hospitals shifting toward this mode, in what can be called a revisited pre-functionalist strategy for 21st century real estate investing. This workshop examines these developments with specific case studies, and outlines their implications for regulation, policy-making, building industry innovation and knowledge development among the design professions

Learning Objectives:

Learn how infrastructure principles apply to designing and managing buildings and building complexes

Learn how such buildings are realized, using cases from several countries

Learn how capacity is replacing function as the key performance measure for resilient real estate assets providing long-term utility value

Learn about barriers to post-functionalist decision-making faced by clients and design service providers alike


AIA Credit Hours:

Event Type: Education Sessions > Session