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2011 News in Brief



De Neufville’s book encourages adding flexibity to engineering design

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Recognizing that the future is uncertain, project teams can create flexible designs for buildings and systems that can be adapted to meet a variety of needs. “Flexibility in Engineering Design” (MIT Press, September 2011) by Professor Richard de Neufville and Stefan Scholtes of the University of Cambridge describes methods to identify, select and implement useful flexibility in design. It provides an overview of how flexibility in design delivers increased value, takes advantage of new opportunities and avoids harmful losses. De Neufville teaches an MIT subject in flexible design.