Toward an Architecture of Performance: Reconciling Performance and Design

This article discusses some of the questions related to architecture and performance that emerged at the recent PER/FORM Live Design Competition held at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan campus in May, where competitors were tasked with designing a multi-family residential building that was judged on both energy and daylight performance as well as beauty, conceptual strength, and contextual appropriateness. It provides an overview of the winning designs as well as highlights the three very different approaches to achieving both excellent performance and high design that were in evidence in the competition entries: performance as subservient to design, design as subservient to performance, and performance as a partner in design.


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  1. Performance-based design is clearly an excellent way to expose students to realistic constraints that will challenge their creativity to solve a multi-dimensional problem. The examples shown in this article are great examples of how the students responded to this challenge. However, in reality, there are other constraints that need to be considered: construction cost, building codes, maintenance cost are all important. I hope in the future that this contest can include a construction evaluation component so that the architects can benefit from this source of knowledge and consider off-site prefabrication as well as on-site opportunities.

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