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Connecting Concepts in Sustainable Design and Digital Fabrication: A Project-Based Learning Case Study

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

"Green" Topics in Architectural Engineering

Tagged Division

Architectural

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

22.370.1 - 22.370.15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--17651

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https://strategy.asee.org/17651

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71

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Stan Guidera Bowling Green State University

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Stan Guidera is an architect and chair of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Bowling Green State University. His primary teaching and research area is in 3D applications for computer aided design for architecture and Building Information Modeling.

Jon Stevens is an instructor in the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Bowling Green State University. His primary teaching and research areas are design studios, design-build, and intrductory computer aided design for architecture and construction.

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Jon M. Stevens Bowling Green State University

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Jon M. Stevens is an Instructor of Architecture at Bowling Green State University. Jon primarily teaches first and Third year Design Studios, Design Build Seminars and Introductory Computer Aided Design courses. His interests/research includes Urbanism, Representation, and Design Build projects.

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Abstract

Connecting concepts in sustainable design and digital fabrication:A case study in project-based learningProject-based learning can provide a framework for learning opportunities inwhich students are required to draw on their prior coursework to developsolutions for “real world” problems. For students in architecture, a key measureof project-based learning is having their design proposal built. This paperdocuments a project in which students worked with a fortune 500 constructionmaterials manufacturer in designing and constructing an installation that wasincorporated into a trade show display booth at a major international expositionon sustainable construction. The students were required to meet project criteriarelated to material preferences established by the company along with thesustainability criteria related to the exposition itself. The company projectparameters called for the integration of new high performance insulation productsinto the display, and for the materials to be utilized in ways that enhanced visitorinteraction with these products. The exposition required compliance with “greendesign” parameters that included specific criteria related to the project’s carbonfootprint, restrictions on the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), andrecycling requirements related to the use of materials. The students were alsorequired to comply with a demanding timeline for project development anddelivery, resulting in an extensive use digital design tools that enable a seamlesstransition to digital fabrication of the final project components. This requiredstudents to not only expand their skill set in the use of digital design technologies,but to also seek out partnerships with private industry in order to have access toCNC routing equipment not available at the university. The paper discusses thebenefit of the project to the student’s understanding of issues related to designtechnologies as well as to issues related to sustainable project requirements.

Guidera, S., & Stevens, J. M. (2011, June), Connecting Concepts in Sustainable Design and Digital Fabrication: A Project-Based Learning Case Study Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17651

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