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Translating architectural research into construction practice: a case study of introducing new construction techniques into building practice


Nolan, G and Bylund, D and Gee, M, Translating architectural research into construction practice: a case study of introducing new construction techniques into building practice, Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, 07-09 December 2016, Adelaide, pp. 835-844. ISBN 9780992383534 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Significant tension can exist between the goals of architectural research and those of architectural and building practice. Worthwhile research involves generating risks as the benefits from its outcomes are uncertain and they require interpretation in practice as new design approaches or construction methods. In contrast, architectural and construction practice generally involve managing building procurement risk. This can encourage the practitioner and construction team to resist changes to their methods to enhance solution reliability, even if the method delivers less than optimal performance. Practitioners can be innovative but often only by incremental development: each step within the bounds of risk acceptable to others in the design and construction team. This paper continues discussion of the complexities of translating architecture research into innovative construction practice as observed in a case study first reported in 2014. The focus project applied research results into local practice through the design, prototyping, and construction during 2015-16 of a 120-unit development in northern Tasmania. The solution was based on prefabricated timber-framed apartment modules and other innovative timber construction techniques. This paper explores the themes of innovation and risk as the case study building moved from the design phase through prototype development and into tendering, construction and completion.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:prefabrication, timber, building, innovation, risk management
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Building
Research Field:Building information modelling and management
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Residential construction processes
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
UTAS Author:Bylund, D (Dr David Bylund)
ID Code:113818
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2017-01-24
Last Modified:2017-08-07
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