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Adaptable is a term in design that refers to the ability of a product, system, or space to be flexible and accommodate changes in user needs, environmental conditions, or functional requirements over time. This concept is particularly relevant in the context of sustainable design, where the goal is to create solutions that can evolve and remain useful for an extended period, reducing the need for frequent replacements or extensive modifications. Adaptable design involves anticipating future needs and incorporating features that allow for easy reconfiguration, expansion, or repurposing. This approach can be applied to various design disciplines, such as architecture, interior design, product design, and urban planning. For example, in architecture, adaptable design may include modular construction techniques, movable walls, or multifunctional spaces that can serve different purposes depending on the time of day or the users' requirements. In product design, adaptability can be achieved through modular components, customizable features, or upgradable technology. The concept of adaptability is closely related to other design principles, such as flexibility, versatility, and resilience. By embracing adaptable design, designers can create solutions that are more responsive to changing needs, more efficient in their use of resources, and more sustainable in the long term.

flexible, modular, versatile, reconfigurable, multifunctional, customizable, upgradable, resilient, sustainable

Robert Anderson

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