3.1.4 Your Favourite Shearing Layer
In the previous video, you learned that to apply circular economy principles to the construction of buildings, we first need to understand the organization of a building structure and the life-cycle of its various layers.
To unfold the complexity of a building we will use the “Shearing Layers” concept of architect Frank Duffy, which was later elaborated by Stewart Brand in his book How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built (1994), which refers to buildings as composed of several layers of change.
Duffy and Brand identified the following shearing layers to structure the organization of a building (quoted from Brand):
Now that you understand that a building is not one object, but a collection of shearing layers, it might be easier to think of a resource reduction strategy during the design process.
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