June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
15.774.1 - 15.774.10
INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO STUDIO DESIGN CLASS CURRICULUM
At the University of Hartford, we have established an architectural program founded on integration. Architecture by its very nature is connected to other disciplines, yet architectural education is often criticized for a lack of integration in the curriculum. By increasing the awareness of the interrelationship between different areas of study, we are attempting to strike a new and more effective balance.
Considering our mission of integration, we set out to incorporate sustainability into our curriculum. This paper will attempt to provide an overview of the need for, benefit of and cost of sustainable design and how it relates to architecture and engineering education at the University of Hartford. We have embarked on a 3 step process to bring sustainable design into the design studio curriculum.
Need for Sustainability
Building construction and operation have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Buildings use resources such as energy, water, raw materials, generate waste (occupant, construction and demolition) and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions. Building owners, designers and builders face a unique challenge to meet demands for new and renovated facilities that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on the environment.
Recent answers to this challenge call for an approach that considers all phases of a facility’s life cycle. This approach supports an increased commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation, and results in an optimal balance of cost, environmental, societal, and human benefits while meeting the mission and function of the intended facility or infrastructure.
Sustainable design is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with principals of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. (Wikipedia)
Benefits of green buildings
The benefits of green buildings are many, some of which are listed below. ≠ Environmental benefits
Davis, D. (2010, June), Integrating Sustainability Into Studio Design Curriculum Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/15951
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