Integrated modeling agenda for sustainable communities via reconfigurability

Debra F. Laefer, William J. O'Brien, Ruth L. Steiner

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Sustainability in the construction industry can only be achieved through a radical rethinking of building construction and reuse. This paper outlines the problems and offers innovative solutions that embrace technological innovations, advances in manufacturing and distribution, and integration of building and land use concepts through: 1) application of a dismountable and reconfigurable structural system, 2) promotion of the concept of kitting, and 3) reconceptualization of the relationships between construction management, engineering, supply chain configurations, environmental modeling, design, and urban planning. Basic components are described with the modeling and research agenda needed to make these solutions both viable and adoptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-230
Number of pages17
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number127
StatePublished - 2004
EventRecycled Materials in Geotechnics: Proceedings of Sessions of the ASCE Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2004Oct 21 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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