Project management

Project management Gant chart

Step 1:
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:

The internship at the ICCROM was not approved. The fellowship was approved, but for the year 2011. Same regarding the trips to Budapest, at the Collegium Budapest instead, it was approved a residential fellowship, which, if done in the next academic year, will benefit of some funds.
Instead, a short term mission at the Canadian Centre for Architecture was done in the 3rd year of the fellowship.
GOAL: current floor plans of housing buildings in the countries object of the research.
TIME: up to 11 months
This step was split by foreseeing at the end of each other an update time of one week.

Step 2:
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

Step 3:
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

Step 4:
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
We note that during this step it was adhered to the COST action and the new ideas on ontology of zoning were developed.

Step 5:
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

Step 6:
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

Step 7:
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 (one month at the end of each step for writing the papers). The time dedicated to participation at events was not specially highlighted in the attached project management plan.