Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Disassembly in Architecture: Devising a Lifecycle System for the Building Envelope
by Khamitkar, Ramola Narayan, M.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2020, 64; 27737176
Abstract (Summary)

Architecture has long ignored the rules of obsolescence. Very rarely have architects address their role in considering the End-of-Life (EOL) phenomenon such as reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. This established the way architects design and the construction industry builds components and buildings ignoring long term sustainability. When the buildings are deconstructed, their component materials may not be at the end of their lifespan, which generates massive waste. To harvest the material potential, it is crucial to take a step back and rethink the architectural practice and the way it imagines and constructs architecture.

This thesis focuses on the building envelope - one of the major components of any building as a platform to explore planned obsolescence. It looks at the building envelope from load-bearing structures to simply being the curtain walls as individual element. The thesis investigates several precedent studies of unitized curtain wall systems. They are studied with a ‘Design-for-Disassembly’ (DfD) approach to consider assembly and disassembly of components. The aim is to generate design approaches and strategies for curtain wall systems predicated on the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ concept leading to complete and selective disassembly. The design strategies- mechanical assembly, assembly through hierarchical lifespan of material, assembly to fixation, modularity, homogeneity, uniformity, and minimal connections- lead the way to understand a potential pattern for designing the next generation of sustainable buildings raising the current concern of environmental and economical assessment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Khan, Omar
Commitee:
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Architecture
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Architecture
Keywords: Architecture, Assembly, Building, Disassembly, Envelope, Manufacturing
Publication Number: 27737176
ISBN: 9781658422260
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