Adaptive Modularity

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Academy of Fine Arts Bratislava Laboratory of Architecture (LoA)
Workshop: November 2006
Faculty Host: Imro Vasko | Associate Professor & Head of LoA
Guest Instructor: Dana Cupkova
Collaborator: Julian Varas

Prefabrication historically became an economical means for building low cost and quickly erectable housing, resulting in the production of repetitive, generic environments. At the beginning of the 20th century a new way of building systematization, conceptually influenced by Le Corbusier’s diagram of Maison Domino, allowed for the separation of skin and structure. The pseudo-modernist housing typologies, which were the focus of our investigation in the studio, reduced this systematization to the modular structural skin. In order for panelized buildings to be economical, the scale of the unit (panel) and its structural performance was maximized, thus resulting in the over-structuring of the overall system. The logic of modularity was used to create a normative condition in more than one way. The structural performance and integration of panels neither responded to specific spatial requirements, nor allowed for any variation or adaptability. Both the structural units and the joints between them were limited in their possibilities to produce heterogeneity.

| STUDENTS (Cornell University): Morgan Ng, Andrew Schuster, Jose Jimenez, Katherine Schiavone, Kelly Yarasavage, Patrice Strahan, Patrick Delahoy, Portia Strahan, Sophia Goehner + Students of Laboratory of Architecture, Bratislava |


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