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Disassemblable Architecture for Rural Communities

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Title: Disassemblable Architecture for Rural Communities
Author: Harpstead, Kolby
Abstract: Title: Disassemblable architecture for rural communities Introduction: Our society today has been experiencing a mass migration within its own borders. People are leaving the economically stale rural communities for the hopes and prospects of large cities. These diminishing communities leave the ghosts of their histories in the buildings and structures that are left decaying and useless. Yet new construction continues in these communities. What will become of these new structures? Will their fates be any different than the fates of the old empty structures decaying on the streets now? A new architecture for such communities should adapt, grow and contract, and change functions to facilitate the next occupant, or simply disappear to be used elsewhere. This thesis focuses on creating an architecture that facilitates the growth of rural communities by creating buildings for small businesses that are easily adaptable and dissassemblable. These structures would range from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet and be developed from a catalog of parts. While the focus is for application in small communities, the system can be used in any low density commercial area. Keywords: Flexible, Disassemblable, Rural Community, Small Business, Entrepreneurship
Date: 2010-05
Subject: Building -- Waste minimization.
Architecture -- Waste minimization.
Rural development.
Sustainable architecture.
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9013

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