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Applying axiomatic design to prefabricated building design in the housing industry: A case study analysis

Marchesi, Marianna, Fernandez, John E. and Matt, Dominik T. 2016. Applying axiomatic design to prefabricated building design in the housing industry: A case study analysis. In: Farid, Amro M. and Suh, Nam P. eds. Axiomatic Design in Large Systems: Complex Products, Buildings and Manufacturing Systems., Cham: Springer, pp. 175-200. (10.1007/978-3-319-32388-6_7)

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Since housing market demands customized performance-effective buildings at affordable costs, prefabrication combined with mass customization is worthy for satisfying these requirements, but demands robustness and flexibility of design solutions with respect to the architect’s viewpoint. Crucial decisions that affect these aspects are made during the conceptual design phase, but in this stage suitable tools are not widely available. Since Axiomatic Design approach (AD) has been able to support designers’ decision-making process for the development of product concepts that would have the best chance to provide the specified requirements as well as for the analysis of ideas with respect to their capability to satisfy these requirements, AD is applied to the examination of contemporary well-appreciated prefabricated houses in order to identify crucial design decisions that have affected robustness and flexibility in their conceptual design. Subsequently, strategies adopted by their architects during the design generation are reviewed, and by comparison, similarities between AD and the architects’ approaches are identified. These results prove that AD can be effectively applied to prefabricated building design in the housing industry with the goal of proving effective designs in terms of robustness and flexibility from the architect’s viewpoint and therefore satisfying the current housing market demand.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-3319323879
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 14:15

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