ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
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Volume 10 Issue 2-3
Cover Date: December 2012
Flexibility in architecture and its relevance for the ubiquitous house
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Authors:  Alexander Ćetković 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.10.2-3.213_1

determinismus,flexibility,flexible house,freedom of choice,ideal user,intelligent house,ubiquitous house,user perception

One of the important modernist terms – flexibility – offers the introduction of time and of the unknown as parameters in design. Yet the development of flexibility in modern architecture shows also the ambivalent relationship between architecture and the user – the objective of incorporating flexibility in archi-tecture. The span between introducing the freedom of choice and expression and the reality of totally controlled spaces and movements shows the range of interpretations of this subject. By looking at the strategies and evolution of flexibility in architecture one can project possible problems and frictions for the new discipline – ubiquitous computing. Both flexible architecture and the ubiquitous house are devoted to space, time and technology, and intend to give the user the maximum of possibilities inside the house. What are the mistakes that some of the development in flexible architecture has made, that ubiquitous computing might learn from, especially in its relation to the user?
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