RISK IN TRANSLATING RESEARCH OUTCOMES IN-TO PRACTICE

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Nolan, Gregory
    Shanks, Jon
    Clark, Geoff
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Interface between Research & Industry

Extract

Risk management influences the effective adoption of re-search 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 researcher’s conclusions usually require translation and a subsequent change in the practitioner’s behaviour, through the adoption of new design approaches or different construction methods. In contrast, ar-chitectural practice generally involves managing the risk in the build-ing procurement process. This often encourages the practitioner not to change approaches and methods so that the results can be reliably pre-dicted, even if they may be viewed as providing less than optimal per-formance. This paper discusses the opportunities and constraints in in-troducing the product of architectural research into active building design practice through the prism of caution, compromise and deci-sion. It presents a case study of a current building project that incorpo-rates applied research into practice: the design, prototyping, and doc-umentation and construction of a 120-unit development in northern Tasmania.

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