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Spring 5-8-2015


Kreutzer, Matthew R. "Changing Permanence" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Steven Hardy. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Matthew R. Kreutzer


Architecture and buildings are looked at as “permanent” and “stable” objects within society, and yet almost everything about them change over their lifetime. All the individual pieces that make up a building are replaced, renovated, or upgraded as time goes on and still the building as the whole remains. This interesting dynamic of a static object containing a constantly changing system is something often overlooked within the design process.

The majority of buildings today are made to suite the particular interests of the present with little thought given over to the needs of the future. This mentality has recently begun to change with the rise of sustainability and a continued interest in providing for the future. In response to this, my thesis will investigate the viability of a pre-adaptive building prototype capable of not only holding different programs, but also of being able to make minimal changes to switch out the program. The result is a building that adapts and changes to new program while still maintaining its permanence.

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