The mantra in any field of human endeavor is “faster, cheaper, and better,” and this is true of our physical infrastructure as well. The AEC industry is constantly striving to design, build, and operate buildings more efficiently and cost-effectively, thereby heeding the “faster and cheaper” call. But how about “better?”
In fact, it can be argued that “better” trumps “faster” as well as “cheaper.” After all, what is the point of creating a cheaper building faster if it does not work well for its occupants?
And that being the case, what is it that makes for a “better” building?