Design-value in the platform approach

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Lean production has responded to low-level customisation, but for residential construction, earlier customer input is required. The development of the 'platform approach' to industrialised house building has enabled high-level masscustomisation. Focus has been applied to 'hard' improvements regarding production efficiency, with less emphasis on 'soft' values associated with the intangible nature of design. Platform-thinking has demonstrated that new possibilities are emerging which may enable producers of industrialised housing to effectively deliver designvalue to end-users. This paper contributes to the developing platform approach, by investigating design-value for industrialised house building from an architectural perspective. Through an understanding of the product platform approach developed within the Swedish context, selected case-studies from outside construction demonstrate the possibilities that the platform-thinking concept holds, to address the research question; how can design-value be achieved in industrialised house building? Much design-value originates from interaction between designer and user, which has been overlooked in the development of the platform approach, yet by considering its conceptual basis of platform-thinking, new possibilities emerge for the delivery of design-value in product and process. The findings will enhance the development of platforms for industrialised house building.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
EditorsKen Walsh, Rafael Sacks, Ioannis Brilakis
Place of PublicationCrete, Greece
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-9565951-7-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 Lean and Computing in Construction Congress (LC³) - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 4 Jul 201712 Jul 2017


Conference2017 Lean and Computing in Construction Congress (LC³)
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  • Architecture
  • Design-value
  • Lean design
  • Platform-thinking
  • Platforms

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