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Risk in translating research outcomes into practice


Nolan, G and Shanks, J and Clark, G, Risk in translating research outcomes into practice, Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 279-290. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Risk management influences the effective adoption of research outcomes into architectural practice. Worthwhile architectural research invariably involves risk through uncertainty in outcomes as the researcher seeks to understand or improve building performance through systematic investigation. If investigations are successful, the researcherís conclusions usually require translation and a subsequent change in the practitionerís behaviour, through the adoption of new design approaches or different construction methods. In contrast, architectural practice generally involves managing the risk in the building procurement process. This often encourages the practitioner not to change approaches and methods so that the results can be reliably predicted, even if they may be viewed as providing less than optimal performance. This paper discusses the opportunities and constraints in introducing the product of architectural research into active building design practice through the prism of caution, compromise and decision. It presents a case study of a current building project that incorporates applied research into practice: the design, prototyping, and documentation (during 2014) and construction (during 2015) of a 120- unit development in northern Tasmania constructed from prefabricated timber-framed apartment modules and other innovative timber construction techniques.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:prefabrication, innovation, technical risk, risk management
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Building
Research Field:Building information modelling and management
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Timber materials
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
UTAS Author:Shanks, J (Dr Jon Shanks)
UTAS Author:Clark, G (Mr Geoff Clark)
ID Code:98425
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2015-02-16
Last Modified:2016-05-10
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