Design for Disassembly

Design for disassembly (DfD) is becoming increasingly recognized as an effective tool by designers and manufacturers. However, the disassembly of buildings to recover materials and components for future reuse is not widely practiced in the modern design and construction industry. In architecture, DfD is the design of buildings to facilitate future change, and dismantlement for reuse. This design system includes developing design assemblies’ components and construction techniques to accomplish this goal. It also seeks to ensure that all aspects of sustainable building are supported.

Although not typically considered as “product” buildings are composed of materials, components, connections and are created through the collaboration of designer’s engineers, manufacturers of the materials and components that are assembled to make a building. They are an assemblage of systems that create an integrated whole, which will be more efficient if it is designed for reuse, repair, maintenance, and adaptation of its components.

The international studio “Design for Disassembly and Reuse: Design & Build Multipurpose Transformable Pavilions” will cover a range of themes (DfD Design systems, rule based design, digital design and manufacturing, etc.) And a set of principles, or guidelines, for dismountable pavilion design to facilitate greater rates of reuse of these pavilions in the future.