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
Building/openbuilding.htm and Open House
International journal www.openhouse-int.com.
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
This annual conference on open building follows
nine previous conferences held around the
world since 1996. Other meetings have been held
in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Washington, DC,
Helsinki, Brighton, Delft and Mexico City. Next year,
the commission will meet in conjunction with the
SB05 Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo
The theme of this year's 10th annual meeting
anticipates the 2005 meeting in Tokyo in association
with SB05, by linking open building and sustainable
environment in an explicit way. The principles
of sustainable development have always been
implicit in some ways in open building. Sustainable
development, like open building, has to do with
change - both the maintenance and nurturing of
the "commons" and the respect for future generations
who follow and must continue to inhabit the
shared spaces and harness the common resources.
In that sense, open building - whether at the level
of the urban tissue or at the level of architecture - is
also about change, understanding the commons
and articulating the place of the individual. The
convergence of these two sets of principles and
practices is therefore sensible and auspicious. But
much more work lies ahead to connect these two
important streams of research, initiative and practice.
Change and the Distribution of Design by
Professor John Habraken - is published as the
first article to this selection of papers from this
conference on Open Building and Sustainable
Environment. This is because the principles elucidated
in the paper are arguably among the most
fundamental to the issues and questions this conference
- and open building - attempts to address.
The selected papers represent the diversity of
ways in which open building principles are being
explored and are flowering in practice around the
world, in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, South
Africa, Mexico, Finland, the Netherlands and elsewhere.
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