Adaptive Architecture Conceptual Framework

Adaptive Architecture is concerned with buildings that are designed to adapt to their environment and to their inhabitants whether this is automatically or through human intervention. This is a multi-disciplinary research interest spanning Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Design, Psychology and the Social Sciences. The Adaptive Architecture framework captures the developing field and allows the crowd-sourcing of changes, adaptations and additions. It provides a categorised overview of adaptations and their causes, methods of adaptation and the effect of adaptations in Adaptive Architecture. It is useful for researchers and practitioners in this area.

Screenshot of the Adaptive Architecture Framework interactive page

Project web site:

Associated Publication: Schnädelbach, H., Adaptive Architecture – A Conceptual Framework, in (Eds.) Geelhaar, J., Eckardt, F., Rudolf, B., Zierold, S., Markert, M., proceedings of MediaCity: Interaction of Architecture, Media and Social Phenomena, Weimar, Germany, 2010, pp. 523-555

Press Release: Crowd sourcing software could help us move house and stay where we are

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Nottingham via the ‘The Built Environment as Interface to Personal Data’ Nottingham Research Fellowship).