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Dr. Avi Friedman, author of The Adaptable House: Designing Homes for Change, says North America's rapidly changing demograhics -- people living longer, more people working from home, fewer having children, adult children returning home -- demand greater flexibility, creativity, and awareness in home design and construction. Dr. Friedman is Director of the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University's School of Architecture."It seems," says Dr. Friedman, "that the era of unchangeable homes that accommodate just one lifestyle is drawing to a close, and there exists a clear need for new strategies and products." His book argues that achieving a close fit between the evolving space needs of occupants and their homes ought to be simpler than it is at present. Residences can be designed and constructed to become life-cycle houses where changes can be made as needed. The Adaptable House, which is packed with floor plans, photos and charts, is available at Canadian bookstores. (Transition 2003-04-09)
Professional architect Friedman urges the reader to reimagine the traditional static home as dynamic space that changes as the needs of the occupants change. A single house, according to the author, should be able to accommodate an individual and/or family throughout their lives. Friedman examines how space functions within a house and the ways a house can be expanded and contracted based on the needs of its owners.(Library Journal 2003-02-01)
Adapting Mind-Sets to Nature
The La Foret de Marie-Victorin project began when Jean-Marie Lavoie and Paul Brassard, retired architects from the Quebec City area purchased a 41-hectare (102-acre) plot of densely-forested land in a town called Saint-Nicolas. Proximity to the Saint Lawrence River with a view of the city in the far distance made the site a prime location for a residential development.
When Lavoie and Brassard contemplated their approach to the site design and the type of homes they wished to build, they realized that they must apply unconventional thinking to their decisions. They recognized that common approaches to contemporary development--those that involve clearing the forest and building wide boulevards--would destroy the natural beauty of the site. The homes, they also decided, should not be sprawling suburban dwellings whose construction would mean extensive alteration of the landscape. They instead agreed that adaptability to the topography needed to play a pivotal role in both urban planning and unit design. In their search for a housing prototype that would satisfy these requirements, they became familiar with my work and invited me to collaborate with them in the design of both the community and the homes. A set goal was to promote sustainable living and create a community that contributed to such a mind-set.
The notion of sustainable development was introduced in the seventies as a result of recognition of the environmental harm that current development practices had caused. Authors like Schumacher in his 1973 book Small is Beautiful warned of actions that, if pursued further, could endanger the delicate balance between people and nature. Years later, this reflection led to the establishment of several international organizations that attempted to outline specific actions to remedy the situation. In their 1987 report, Our Common Future, the Brundland Commission defined sustainable development as "development that meets the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." A conceptual approach whereby every present action has to be taken while considering its future effect on the environment was put in place.
When broken into sub-components, three main aspects were seen as influencing the functioning of a sustainable community. The first is society itself: the people who reside in the development, on their demographic make-up, and their lifestyles. The economic vitality of the development is also an essential aspect, since monetary failure will cause the enterprise to cease to exist. The final issue is the environment itself--with its many facets which include the built components and nature. Only when a balance is struck between these three elements, a balance that considers the future, is sustainable development possible.
Since the turn of the twentieth century, and especially after World War II, bad development practices have begun to take their toll. There were many ramifications to such practices in which the environment was one of the main casualties. Forested landscape was cleared to make room for wide roads. Vast green spaces were covered with sod that needed large quantities of fresh water during dry summer months. The homes themselves swelled in size. North America consumed domestic space much like any other product. The design of homes became more intricate and complex, leading to the use of many scarce natural resources, of which lumber was the main one.
It was recognized that old practices needed to be abandoned and that new ones had to be put in place. Sustainable residential development set out to reduce reliance on cars by encouraging pedestrian movements and a mix of commercial and residential uses. Alternative building products and practices that consume fewer natural resources are becoming widespread. Attention is being paid to constructing better-insulated homes that consume less energy, and designers position the houses better to maximize passive solar gain. The proliferation of telecommunications and the popularity of working at home have also reduced travel time and enabled the mixing of commercial and domestic activities within the same residence.
These processes all demonstrate that what is needed and has perhaps begun is an adaptable mind-set, one that recognizes that present actions bear future consequences. We employed such a mind-set in the design of La Foret de Marie-Victorin.
Seeing the Forest and the Trees
The first stage in the development of the master plan began by taking stock of the site's existing conditions. There were small- and large-scale aspects that were considered in the design. Two areas with dense concentration of trees were documented: the first was on the northern edge of the site and the second in a ravine in the middle. Both areas run in an east-west direction. On a small scale, throughout the site ther...Reseña del editor:
A master blueprint for flexible housing from a pioneer in the field. Award-winning author Avi Friedman believes that the homes in which we live should not be regarded - or designed - as single purpose, unchangeable physical environments incapable of adapting to the occupant's evolving needs. A home, he contends, should be constructed as a life cycle house where changes such as children being born or leaving the nest, elderly relatives moving in, or the need for home office space are all easily accommodated. This powerful, eloquent resource provides a clear, systematic guide to the conception and construction of adaptable homes that can be quickly, easily, and inexpensively altered to reflect the new needs of owners. Packed with floor plans, drawings, photos, and charts to fully illustrate the author's suggestions, "The Adaptable House" is more than a persuasive argument for designing and building flexible structures - it is an innovative blueprint for putting principles into practice. 'A conflict exists between the dynamic nature of occupants' lives and the homes in which they choose to reside. The argument this book puts forward is that a fit between the evolving space needs of occupants and their homes needs to be simpler than it is at present' - From the Preface. America's rapidly changing demographics - people living longer, an increasing number working from home, fewer having children - demand a greater flexibility, creativity, and awareness in home design and construction. Clearly, the era of unchangeable homes, capable of accommodating just one life-style is drawing to a close, and there exists a clear need for new, imaginative strategies, tasks, and products."The Adaptable House" provides specific design approaches and techniques that facilitate flexible design - both on the inside and out. These principles make it simple to alter a dwelling's layout, demolish partitions or build new ones, upgrade heating systems, and change the locations of staircases. "The Adaptable House" is divided into three sections: the first sets the stage for adaptability, the second outlines relevant design principles, and the last shows their actual application in a variety of projects with detailed coverage of: interior layouts and room configurations; exterior elements such as roofs and facades; new building materials and methods; easy add-ons and remodels; and single-family and multiple dwelling houses. This groundbreaking reference outlines both a vision and process that together will alter our concept of the structure we call home.
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