This edited collection provides an up-to-date account, by a group of well-informed and globally positioned authors, of recently implemented projects, public policies and business activities in Open Building around the world.

Countless residential Open Building projects have been built in a number of countries, some without knowledge of the original theory and methods. These projects differ in architectural style, building industry methods, economic system and social aims. National building standards and guidelines have been promulgated in several countries (Finland, China, Japan, Korea), providing incentives and guidance to Open Building implementation. Businesses in several countries have begun to deliver advanced FIT-OUT systems both for new construction and for retrofitting existing buildings, demonstrating the economic advantages of ‘the responsive, independent dwelling.’ This book also argues that the ‘open building’ approach is essential for the reactivation of the existing building stock for long-term value, because in the end it costs less.

The book discusses these developments in residential architecture from the perspective of an infrastructure model of built environment. This model enables decision-makers to manage risk and uncertainty, while avoiding a number of problems often associated with large, fast-moving projects, such as separation and distribution of design tasks (and responsibility) and the ensuing boundary frictions.

Residential Architecture as Infrastructure adds to the Routledge Open Building Series, and will appeal to architects, urban designers, researchers and policy-makers interested in this international review of current projects, policies and business activities focused on Open Building implementation.

part Part 1|174 pages

Residential Open Building projects in a number of countries

chapter Chapter 2|39 pages

Open Building's recent developments in the Netherlands

ByCaroline Kruit

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

Open Building in Finland

ByCarolin Franke

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

Quality control by levels

Steering the design process using BEA's Project Book
ByJia Beisi

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

Open Building in Russia

ByNadezhda Koreneva

chapter Chapter 6|39 pages

Open Building in the global South

ByAmira Osman

part Part 2|96 pages

The policy environment for residential Open Building

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

The future of Open Building resides in the existing stock 1

ByFrank Bijdendijk

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Japan's Act Concerning the Promotion of Long-Life Quality Housing

ByKazunobu Minami

chapter Chapter 9|26 pages

Research, development and implementation of long-life sustainable housing in China

ByLiu Dongwei, Wu Zhichao

chapter Chapter 10|30 pages

Korea's 100-year housing program

BySoo-am Kim, Hyeonjeong Yang

part Part 3|97 pages

Developments toward a fit-out industry

chapter Chapter 11|6 pages

Infill systems

A new industry
ByJohn Habraken

chapter Chapter 12|18 pages

How housing renovation is meeting the challenge of oversupply of dwelling units in Japan

ByYoshiro Morita, Yongsun Kim

chapter Chapter 13|31 pages

Dualities of interior decoration companies in China

ByLi Shanshan

chapter |5 pages


A personal noteStephen H. Kendall
ByStephen H. Kendall