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authors Shabha, G. and Rudge, D.
year 1996
title Is Uniformity the Key to Flexibility? A Post-Occupancy Evaluation of School Buildings
source Timmermans, Harry (Ed.), Third Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning - Part one: Architecture Proceedings (Spa, Belgium), August 18-21, 1996
summary Flexibility and efficiency are two fundamental concepts in the planning of school buildings. This paper is being set to investigate the theoretical and practical links between the two. It seeks to address a number of questions: What constitutes an efficient and flexible school building? What is the optimal range and size of teaching areas to maximise flexibility? In what way can teaching areas be optimised to enhance their efficiency in use? Attempting to address these questions, an in-depth review of the relevant literature will be undertaken to analyse and refine the size of different teaching areas. Later, some operational measures of uniformity of areas and flexibility will be refined and established. These will be applied on selected school buildings to assess the their adequacy to accommodate change over use. The main outcome of this study is to provide an insight about the general rules of design for flexibility and efficiency. It also provides a framework for architects, surveyors and facilities managers to improve space efficiency in school buildings. This might enhance the process of space planning and management and improve the operational efficiency of other building types.
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