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The role of evaluation in the transportable building design process

WithJunjie Xi

This chapter discusses the role of evaluation in the life cycle of transportable buildings, along with the evaluation principles and evaluation process. It argues that evaluation can be seen as a part of the design process, and each design criterion may require knowledge of a specific area. The design process of transportable buildings is similar to that of conventional buildings in terms of providing the required functions for clients and users. The non-quantifiable qualities are the important building characteristics that are not amenable to quantitative evaluation, such as architectural aesthetics and how well the building meets its visitors' functional needs in terms of size, proportion and usability. The chapter focuses on post-occupancy evaluation, because the functional performance of a transportable building is best revealed during this process after it opens to the public. Pre-occupancy evaluation can be understood as an assessment process carried out during the early stages of the design of transportable buildings.