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Title: Performance-oriented architecture : an integrated discourse and theoretical framework for architectural design and sustainability towards non-discrete and non-anthropocentric architectures
Author: Hensel, Michael U.
ISNI:       0000 0000 7852 936X
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2012
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The interaction of humankind with the natural world begets their mutual becoming: transformation arises from the agency that imbues and entwines them. As the impact of human intervention upsurges and accelerates the transformation of the natural environment the question arises whether their perceived diametrical opposition continues to be useful in locating an integrated and complex approach to architectural design and sustainability. Could an intensively context-embedded architecture be in the service of the natural environment by interlinking its inherent and latent agency with that of the natural environment? And if thus a performance- oriented architecture is possible how may it be thought of? This thesis focuses on formulation an integrated and overarching theoretical framework for a performance- oriented architecture. It explores the concepts of non-discrete and non- anthropocentric architecture that opens itself out to the natural environment and seeks to locate in the consequentially evolving extended threshold a heterogeneous space that offers varied and sustainable provisions for human use and local ecosystems. Four main efforts underlie this endeavour: 1. Critical examination of relevant architectural theories, practices and works, paralleled, wherever useful, by a historical account of the developments that led up to these theories and practices. This effort is geared towards formulating core concepts and traits of a performance-oriented architecture. 2. Research by design efforts that inform the development of the traits of performance-oriented architecture. 3. The development of an overarching inclusive and integrated theoretical framework for performance-oriented architecture. 4. Discussing ways in which architecture can serve as an extended interface between the man-made and natural environments
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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