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Delivering sustainable design excellence: The potential role of architectural precedent

Gwilliam, Julie ORCID: and O'Dwyer, Sarah ORCID: 2018. Delivering sustainable design excellence: The potential role of architectural precedent. Presented at: PLEA 2018: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit, Hong Kong, China, 10-12 December 2018. PLEA 2018: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. , vol.2 PLEA, pp. 694-700.

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: This paper aims to explore the role that critical engagement with precedent might play in the delivery of architectural Sustainable Design Excellence. It is argued here that there are currently two divergent core paradigms in the field of architectural design: one based upon a conceptually underpinned process of Conjecture and Analysis, termed here Architectural Design Excellence; while the second, termed Sustainable Performance Excellence, seeks its delivery through a process termed by Bamford, Analysis and Synthesis, of constituent problem fragments. The central role of precedent in architectural design processes is acknowledged in both contexts, and as such it is argued that critical engagement from a sustainable performance perspective with case studies that demonstrate architectural design excellence may provide an effective route for achieving their synthesis. Online coverage of the 21 Stirling Prize winners, 1996 – 2016 (as a proxy for Architectural Design Excellence) were evaluated using a framework for holistic sustainability and the results presented in summary here. It was found that sustainable performance was largely ignored in the available critique, despite some performing well within the narrow measure of energy performance as evidenced through DEC’s, thus limiting precedents’’ potential role within the delivery of a future synthesised sustainable design excellence paradigm.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: PLEA
ISBN: 9789628272365
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 3 September 2018
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:46

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