Feasibility and credibility of the project, including work plan
Method: Literature research, field trips, archive research. (addressing objective 1)
Instrument: Check lists (to be developed within the project), photography, preparation of functional schemes, drawings of spatial schemes.
Starting point is the method with which information for the “World Housing Encyclopedia” was gathered, which included typical floor plans. The literature mentioned in the state of the art is available. This point will include field trips, up to 30% of the duration of the project like:
- internship/fellowship at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy, the country of the fellowship: up to 6 months. The stay should be split into two periods, in the first and respectively third year during the duration of the reintegration grant. For the stay during the first year the internship is already applied for, results being expected in September. For the stay during the third year a separate application is requested.
- Exchange visit in form of a longer internship and more short term missions to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. For a stay of 5 months in the second year during the duration of the reintegration grant an application for a supplementary support of the stay abroad is envisaged. Should the stays at the ICCROM be shorter, the time will be dedicated to this exchange. For the short term missions funds are foreseen at the costs breakdown.
GOAL: current floor plans of housing buildings in the countries object of the research.
TIME: up to 11 months
Method: Set up, of a comparison tree. (addressing objective 2)
Instrument: Comparison tree, comparison criteria
Starting point are the decision trees as known from benefit-costs analysis. Taking into consideration the multi- and interdisciplinary aspects involved, the points of view of several actors involved in the building survey are considered: building conservation, construction technique, tenants, financial means. For each interest groups several criteria are defined in order to classify the priorities in preservation.
GOAL: A comparison tree featuring comparison criteria and the related code for plan drawings.
TIME: about 3 months
Method: Cybernetic approach of systemic analysis and synthesis. (addressing objective 3)
Instrument: “Raumbuch” (an inventory of spaces in the building); project management instruments like the operational structure and the operational plan
Starting point are the plans acquired in step #1. The main function of the spaces will be determined and assigned in the “Raumbuch”. The functional interdependencies will be established following the project management instruments and superposed over the spatial arrangement in the flats.
GOAL: Spatio-functional plans of the buildings.
TIME: about 6 months
Method: Definition of the texture as “word” (addressing objective 4)
Instrument: The morphologic instrument of the texture
Starting point is the definition of the texture as sub-systems of the life-frame elements able to respond to the functionally requested situation, an analytic instrument of morphological decomposition of the structure in architectural theory. The “words” in Christopher Alexander’s pattern language are an instrument in the systemic decomposition also. It is envisaged to establish interdependence between these two systemic analysis instruments.
GOAL: interdependence between systemic analysis instruments like the texture in architectural theory and the words in Christopher Alexander’s pattern language.
TIME: about 5 months
Method: Classification of the space-configuring elements according to their architectural and environmental value. (addressing objective 5)
Instrument: Data-tables, drawings with highlight of the elements of various values
Starting point is the “Raumbuch” defined in step 3. A space is defined by the ‘solid’ elements encompassing it: walls, columns, doors, windows etc. All these elements, and the space itself, have a different architectural or environmental value.
GOAL: Drawings and associated tables of the architectural-environmental value of spaces and defining elements..
TIME: about 3 months
Method: Investigation of architecture as key for coping with social/environmental problems. (addressing objective 6)
Instrument: Social response indicators, environmental response indicators
Starting point is the definition of the textures achieved in step 4. The definition of words can serve to define indicators of environmental response, through the implication of individual citizents. For the interwar time the relationship between the architectural language and the response to the problems of the society will be investigated.
GOAL: conversion of the new definition of words to social/environmental response indicators.
TIME: about 3 months
Method: Public presentation and reaction to feedback of findings and conclusions. (addressing objective 7)
Instrument: Active participation and co-organisation of conferences, publication in reviewed manner, web dissemination of results to the measures proposed as explained bellow.
Starting point the findings in the previous steps. Additionally conference organisation activity will be aimed for, for example as sessions in the frame of the EuroScience Open Forum 2008 in Barcellona or in frame of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, as it was done during the initial fellowship.
GOAL: at least 6 peer reviewed publications, conference session proposals.
TIME: about 6 months spread over the time of the grant.