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Performance-Oriented Architecture

Rethinking Architectural Design and the Built Environment

Hensel, Michael

Architectural Design Primer


Juli 2024
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ISBN: 978-1-118-67326-3
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Architecture is on the brink. It is a discipline in crisis. Over
the last two decades, architectural debate has diversified to the
point of fragmentation and exhaustion. What is called for is
an overarching argument or set of criteria on which to approach the
design and construction of the built environment. Here, the
internationally renowned architect and educator Michael Hensel
advocates an entirely different way of thinking about architecture.
By favouring a new focus on performance, he rejects longstanding
conventions in design and the built environment. This not only
bridges the gap between academia and practice, but, even more
significantly, the treatment of form and function in design. It
also has a far-reaching impact on knowledge production and
development, placing an important emphasis on design research in
architecture and the value of an interdisciplinary approach.

Though 'performance' first evolved as a concept in
the humanities in the 1940s and 1950s, it has never previously been
systematically applied in architecture in an inclusive manner. Here
Michael Hensel offers Performance-Orientated Architecture as an
integrative approach to architectural design, the built environment
and questions of sustainability. He highlights how core concepts
and specific traits, such as climate, material performance and
settlement patterns, can put architecture in the service of the
natural environment. A wide range of examples are cited to support
his argument, from traditional sustainable buildings, such as the
Kahju Bridge in Isfahan and the Topkapí Palace in Istanbul to
more contemporary works by Cloud 9, Foreign Office Architects,
Steven Holl and OCEAN.



Foreword by David Leatherbarrow

Introduction: The Task at Hand

1: A Brief History of the Notion of Performance

2: A Brief History of the Notion of Performance in Architecture

3: Non-Discrete Architectures

4: Non-Anthropocentric Architectures

5: Traits of Performance-Oriented Architecture

Local Climate and Microclimate

Material Performance

The Active Boundary, the Articulated Envelope and Heterogeneous Environments

The Extended Threshold

Second-Degree Auxiliarity: Supplementary Architectures

First-Degree Auxiliarity: Embedded Architectures

Multiple Grounds and Settlement Patterns

6: The Road(s) Ahead

Michael Hensel is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is Professor of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics. He cofounded OCEAN in 1994, and is founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Sustainable Environment Association, as well as an editorial board member of Architectural Design (AD). He has co-guest-edited five titles of AD, including seminal issues on emergence and the architecture of Turkey and Iran. He is currently writing The Handbook for Traditional Sustainable Buildings for John Wiley & Sons.

M. Hensel, Architectural Association, UK