THINKING BEYOND THE SQUARE: INNOVATION THEORY AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AS THEY APPLY TO THE BEIJING WATER CUBE

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dc.contributor.author Orr, Kirsten
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-05T01:35:25Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T02:35:07Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-05T01:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T02:35:07Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10-05T01:35:25Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/486
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19683
dc.description.abstract The Water Cube National Swimming Centre designed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been hailed as a highly innovative post-millennial sports facility. Conceptually, its architecture is a cube, carved from a random, organic and homogeneous cluster of foam bubbles. Structurally, it is a mathematically rigorous steel space frame, primarily of pentagonal and hexagonal cells. Materially, it is clad inside and out with ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene (ETFE) cushions whose translucent skin captures and translates water’s natural transient and organic properties to a new context that is ancient, landlocked and manmade. The winning design consortium comprised the Australian architectural firm PTW, Arup (Australia) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation – Shenzhen Design Institute. This paper examines the success of the consortium in the light of innovation theory: it considers the drivers behind the collaborative effort, the structure and characteristics of the design team, and the role of technology transfer in the innovation process. Research shows that innovation in the construction industry is linked to a demand for radically new types of buildings and structures. The Beijing Games have provided such a demand as its purpose-built facilities strive to couple challenging programmatic requirements with cultural aspirations. The Water Cube is a unique coalescence of Chinese cultural traditions, favouring axial arrangements and rectilinearity in the built environment, with current Western trends towards asymmetric organic forms and structures derived from nature. It has been achieved by the transfer of digital technology to architecture and engineering and by the application of an emergent building material, ETFE. The dynamics of the teamwork approach to design provided rich multi-cultural perspectives and diverse technological know-how that allowed for technology transfer and innovation to take place. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject architecture en
dc.subject innovation en
dc.subject Water Cube en
dc.subject Beijing en
dc.subject Olympic en
dc.title THINKING BEYOND THE SQUARE: INNOVATION THEORY AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AS THEY APPLY TO THE BEIJING WATER CUBE en
dc.type Article en


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