Spatial Design for Circularity - Exploring Spatial Aspects in Housing Design with Focus on the Kitchen
Licentiate thesis, 2021
To understand the complex sociomaterial phenomenon regarding kitchens, this thesis reports on two studies. Study 1 examines the social agencies through investigating the value chain of kitchens. Taking a qualitative approach, this study aims to understand stakeholder perspectives on how kitchens are commissioned, designed, built, delivered, and installed. This is followed up by Study 2, which explores the material agencies by evaluating the adaptive capacities of 3,624 kitchens in contemporary apartments. The goal was to summarise current design strategies regarding kitchens and investigate the opportunities that adaptable spatial design presents to circular housing design.
The results showed that spatial design is one important factor in connection with circularity. In both studies, spatial qualities and characteristics were identified as enablers in achieving a circular housing design and built environment. The design of spatial characteristics, such as room size, room typology, kitchen typology, windows and infrastructures might enable more adaptability of dwellings which, in turn, would support less frequent, low-impact alterations of the room. The main contribution of this thesis is in recognising those spatial characteristics which are important to consider when creating a future circular kitchen design. These characteristics need to be detailed and it is important that upcoming studies further investigate end-user perspectives.
In conclusion, this thesis contributes to the ongoing development of a circular building industry by presenting knowledge on circular opportunities for the built environment and highlighting adaptable spatial design as an important factor in circular housing design.
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods
Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment
Sustainability,; Vol. 12(2020)
Ollár, A., Granath, K., Femenías, P., & Rahe, U. Is there a need for a new kitchen design? Assessing the adaptative capacity of space as an enabler for circularity in multiresidential buildings
The circular kitchen
Climate-KIC, 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.
HSB Living Lab, 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.
HSB living lab
Lic / Architecture and Civil Engineering / Chalmers University of Technology: 2021:1
Chalmers University of Technology
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Opponent: Urszula Kozminska, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark