‘Design for Disassembly’ is becoming a familiar part of discourses on environmental strategies for construction and sustainable design. The concept originates in industrial design and pertains to a wide range of strategies for reuse and recycling, all of which highlight a whole-of-life approach to materials and buildings. Design for Disassembly is particularly relevant to prefabricated and industrialized construction; as such methodologies already contain within them the possibility for easy deconstruction, whether for maintenance, refurbishment or reuse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrefab Housing and the Future of Building : Product to Process
EditorsMathew Aitchinson
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLund Humphries
Publication date11 Jan 2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-84822-218-2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2018


  • Prefab
  • Prefabrication
  • Industrialized Architecture
  • industrialized building process
  • Design for disassembly
  • sustainability, salvageability, reuse, design for dissambly
  • Sustainable construction
  • system delivery
  • system thinking
  • system component

Artistic research

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Cite this

Beim, A. (2018). Design for Disassembly. In M. Aitchinson (Ed.), Prefab Housing and the Future of Building : Product to Process (1 ed., pp. 106-110). Lund Humphries.