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By : José A. Chica, Peru Elguezabal and Stephen Kendall

In accordance with it’s commitment to discussion and dissemination of the Open Building principles and methods, the CIB W104 “Open Building Implementation” has been celebrating annual conferences since 1996. The main objective of these meetings held around the world is to promote research by various disciplines related to the improvement of the built environment by application of the Open Building concept, considering different cultures and interests. In this special issue of Open House International we have invited some of the authors who participated in The 16TH International Conference “OPEN AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDING - O&SB2010” organised jointly by CIB W104 and TECNALIA on May 17-19, 2010 in Bilbao (Spain). In this Conference, more than 40 papers were presented, representing 16 countries. The winners of the 2nd International Open Building Student Competition “Detaching form Architecture” also participated in the Conference. In the 11 papers that have being selected for this issue, we see the application of Open building principles in a general view but also applied to specific buildings and projects through case studies. The first and third papers report on the implementation of OB in specific scenarios - a post-industrial scenario and the high-rise + high-density, a situation present in many of our modern cities using Hong-Kong as a specific case. Then an interesting study is presented, focused on the possibility of predicting the changes that can be afforded by an open architecture. Following this discussion is a report on current PhD research showing the need of designing the interfaces between the different parts of an open building system. Then a structural system is explained to achieve buildings of more than twelve storeys using modular technology. The sixth paper explains the experiences of the application of the IFD (Industrialized, Flexible, Demountable) strategy in several Dutch projects, built or projected. The seventh paper describes the use of OB in the design and construction of an experimental facility named Kubik, located in Spain. The eighth paper analyzes the design of adaptable building in Japan giving two case studies. The ninth paper discusses the history and development of residential infill systems, with a global view, in order to achieve the needs of inhabitants. The tenth paper explains the benefits of a modular construction system giving a case study as example. For more information, all the papers presented are available at

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