What is OB?


W104 Business Meeting Paris
W104 PARIS 2004 Schedule


CIB W104 Open Building Implementation

Paris, France
September 20-22, 2004

Open Building and Sustainable Environment

With new urgency, governments, private corporations and institutions and private citizens are demanding sustainable new construction, regenerative neighborhoods and building adaptation rather than demolition. These demands are voiced in respect to both immediate and long-term community and individual values and aspirations.

Among the available theories and methods enabling professionals to meet these demands is “Open Building”(OB). However, the adoption-in-practice of known open building methods for the delivery of adaptable, open architecture is much too slow. In part, this is because some clients’ old habits of asking for functionally determined buildings do not die easily. Other reasons can be found, including obsolete paradigms of practice and regulations, and difficulty in dealing with environments at all scales that are subject to change under conditions of widely distributed control.

This conference will enable us to discuss a number of sub-themes related to this statement of purpose. Abstracts are therefore sought in such topics as:

• Case studies of the refurbishment of existing building stock
• Capacity analysis methods for open architecture
• Case studies of non-residential open building (medical, education, etc)
• Studies focused on balancing initial costs of OB with long-term facilities value
• Implementing urban transformation strategies based on decision level theory
• Progressive development strategies for sustainable development in developing countries
• Evaluating OB projects using building economics and architectural management theory
• Products, systems and supply channels for the delivery of open, sustainable buildings
• Teaching methods in support of open building
• Alternative paradigms linking Open Building and Sustainable Building

April 15, 2004: Deadline for receipt of abstracts
April 30, 2004: Announcement of abstract acceptance
June 15, 2004: Deadline for submission of final papers
June 30, 2004 Announcement of acceptance of papers with comments
July 30, 2004: Deadline for receipt of final corrected papers

Conference Host Organization:
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)
4 avenue Poincaré 75782, PARIS cedex 16 FRANCE
Tél : +33 1 40 50 28 28; Fax : +33 1 40 50 29 10; http://www.cstb.fr

Conference Secretariat:
Jean-Luc Salagnac, CSTB, Economics and Human Sciences Department

CIB W104 Joint Coordinators
Dr. Stephen Kendall, Director, Building Futures Institute, Ball State University, USA
Dr. Jia Beisi, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Kazunobu Minami, Japan Postal Services Agency, Tokyo

Organizing and Paper Review Committee
Jean-luc Salagnac, CSTB, Conference Secretariat
Dr. Stephen Kendall, Ball State University, USA
Dr. Jia Beisi, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Kazunobu Minami, Japan Postal Services Agency, Tokyo
Professor Nicholas Wilkinson, Director and Chief Editor of Open House International Department of Architecture,
Eastern Mediterranean University.
Professor Ype Cuperus, Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
Professor Rob Geraedts, Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology


Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (one A4 maximum; left margin 30mm, right, top and bottom margins 15mm – for US authors, 8.5”x11” paper is suitable with left margin 1.25”, top, right and bottom margins .75”). The abstract should include the title, body of the text, and keywords. On a separate cover sheet, give your name, paper title, affiliation, and contact details.

Please e-mail the abstract and cover sheet as an MS Word attachment to: salagnac@cstb.fr and skendall@bsu.edu

A peer-review board will review all abstracts in a blind review process. Authors will be notified on the status of their abstracts before April 30.

Detailed requirements for the full paper will be given when the selection of abstracts is made and announced to authors.