Diploma and Master Theses (authored and supervised):
"Design for Deconstruction";
Supervisor: A. Mahdavi;
Institut für Architekturwissenschaften, Abteilung Bauphysik und Bauökologie,
final examination: 2012-01-26.
The demand for sustainable structures is gradually becoming more pronounced as the environmental concern becomes stronger, eht earth population tremendously increases and the global economic crisis forces constructors to reduce cost, save on energy and material waste in the construction process.
A large number of studies are proved that buildung demolition has a negatiove impact on the environment. The main of the demolition is that it does not allow material recovery and the material waste stream ends up to landfills. Lately researchers focus on the replacement of the conventional demolition practices with the selective demolition or deconstruction wherever aplicable. Both methods result in material recycling reducing, thus, the depletion of natural ressources.
The goal of this research is to give an overview of the current demolition practices and provide guidelines in the design of buildings, so that they may be deconstructed in the future and their material stream may be recycled or reused. In fact, in the related literature architects and urban planners are urged to apply such design guidelines so as to contribute to improved demolition practices. If the theoretical background on Design for Deconstruction (DfD) is there, what prevents it from being applied= Is it the ignorance of the designers concerning the negative consequences of conventional demolition or are there other economic, social and technical obstacles that still make it a preferable solution?
The literature overview and the information collected from the interviews will be used in answering the above questions and throw the light on the obstacles Design for Deconstruction encounters in the daily design process.
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