Design Characteristics And Flexibility in University Buildings
Mosul University as a Case Study
Flexibility is one of the principal factors in architecture to which a paramount
significance must be attached. This significance gains more ground in contemporary life in
which change accelerates in a tremendous speed, for today's design might not meet
tomorrow's needs without shifts or modification and this applies to the University buildings
more than any other buildings in comparison. However, by reviewing the theoretical
hypotheses tackling this topic in architecture on the one hand, and critically analysing
architecture research on it, on the other hand; it results that none of these hypotheses or
investigations have adequately or clearly determined the impact of the functional context and
spatial of these buildings in the light of the further impact ofthese characteristics. It emerges
that these studies have all not provided a clear-cut delineation of those characteristics that
most affect flexibility in buildings so as to satisf, the designer needs for future design giving
due concem to architectural space from the every beginning.
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