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Adaptation and adaptability : expectant design for resilience in coastal urbanity

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dc.contributor.advisor James Wecoat. en_US Ruskeepää, Laura A. Delaney (Laura Ashley Delaney) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial e-sw--- en_US 2011-08-30T15:49:33Z 2011-08-30T15:49:33Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2011. en_US
dc.description Page 198 blank. Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-197). en_US
dc.description.abstract What is the nature of and possibility for urban resiliency through adaptation? Adaptation implies responsiveness to phenomena that are disruptive to a system's functioning; it is a willful evolution in response to changed circumstances. Adaptation occurs in cities when an event or fluctuation provokes a re-figuring towards new conditions or hazards. Considering current environmental and systemic changes in coastal post-industrial cities, this thesis explores adaptation and adaptability's form and function therein. Building on a history of adaptive design and natural hazards research, expectant design uses concepts of specificity, incrementality, participation, and phasing in design for urban adaptability. Expectant design employs flexible architectural and urbanistic strategies in response to climate change hazards and harbor redevelopment. Helsinki's new Kalasatama district is used as a testing ground for the development of adaptive design in coastal cities that are undergoing accelerating environmental change and demands for capacity. The design components of the adaptation armature illustrate a scheme that is incremental, flexible, expectant and public. Design arrives at an adaptation strategy that is implemented in a phased and open process, and that addresses the necessary adaptability involved in climate change adaptation strategies. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Laura A. Delaney Ruskeepää. en_US
dc.format.extent 198 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Adaptation and adaptability : expectant design for resilience in coastal urbanity en_US
dc.title.alternative Expectant design for resilience in coastal urbanity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 747037598 en_US

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