Performance-Oriented Design : Towards an Inclusive Approach to the Architectural Design and the Environment

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-04-15
  • Publisher: Wiley

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This book offers an innovative and highly practical approach to architectural design. Focusing on the concept of performance that brought about a paradigm shift in the humanities in earlier decades, the book discusses how to use this concept to address ongoing problems in architecture. It explores the meaning of performance in the context of the built environment, design processes, sustainable architecture, spatial organization, and other aspects of design. Featuring numerous color illustrations plus historical and contemporary examples, this is an eye-opening resource for architects and urban designers.

Author Biography

Michael Hensel is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is Professor of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics. He cofounded OCEAN in 1994, and is founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Sustainable Environment Association, as well as an editorial board member of Architectural Design (AD). He has co-guest-edited five titles of AD, including seminal issues on emergence and the architecture of Turkey and Iran. He is currently writing The Handbook for Traditional Sustainable Buildings for John Wiley & Sons.

Table of Contents



Foreword by David Leatherbarrow

Introduction: The Task at Hand

1: A Brief History of the Notion of Performance

2: A Brief History of the Notion of Performance in Architecture

3: Non-Discrete Architectures

4: Non-Anthropocentric Architectures

5: Traits of Performance-Oriented Architecture

Local Climate and Microclimate

Material Performance

The Active Boundary, the Articulated Envelope and Heterogeneous Environments

The Extended Threshold

Second-Degree Auxiliarity: Supplementary Architectures

First-Degree Auxiliarity: Embedded Architectures

Multiple Grounds and Settlement Patterns

6: The Road(s) Ahead


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