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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 963-977; doi:10.3390/buildings4040963

Learning How to Use Buildings: An Exploration of the Potential of Design Interactions to Support Transition to Low-Impact Community Living

The Design Group, Department of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Received: 18 July 2014 / Revised: 28 October 2014 / Accepted: 6 November 2014 / Published: 27 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low Carbon Building Design)
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In this paper, I study how a housing project is designed and show the architects in conversation with the residents talking about living in a community with lower impact, to reveal different conceptual understandings of building technologies and systems within the home. In this account, it can be seen that building systems and technologies become entangled with dwelling, patterns of living and maintenance scenarios on a housing estate. Shown are several ways that these design interactions can be considered pedagogic and transformative. It is proposed that similar events between architects and users are established in the design stage for other building types and for more of the UK housing stock. View Full-Text
Keywords: design; learning; architect; participation; housing; community; transitions; low carbon; science and technology studies; building systems design; learning; architect; participation; housing; community; transitions; low carbon; science and technology studies; building systems
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Luck, R. Learning How to Use Buildings: An Exploration of the Potential of Design Interactions to Support Transition to Low-Impact Community Living. Buildings 2014, 4, 963-977.

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