Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design
Master - Turin
The Master course in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design addresses the issue of sustainability in terms of design strategies that optimize environmental, energy and social behaviors of the urban environment. The course is aimed at embedding interactive and web connected technology with architecture, in order to become aware of what is going on in the surrounding environment and acquire the capability of virtuous reactions. Sustainable design deals with the challenges and problems of post-industrial polluted cities by combining design and technical skills to outstanding theoretic, critical and cultural knowledge.
Professional opportunities - Graduates can progress or start a career in national and international architecture and engineering studios as Designers or Specialists in sustainable strategies and innovative technologies. The highly technological profile of the Master course, including the use of 3D printers and emerging building technologies, opens the doors to public or private research centers, experimental labs and institutions related to product design and technology innovation.
Start date: January
Duration: 6 Months
Target - The Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design is designed for graduates in architecture, civil engineering, architectural and built environment studies or design studies in related fields who wish to explore the built environment to turn economic and environmental constraints into creative design opportunities, as well as suggest techno-functional strategies considering social and energy issues.
Methodology and structure - The course includes different teaching activities: theoric classes, seminars, design workshops, speeches, construction labs.
The first month will be dedicated at introducing students to the skills of the job, including 3d modeling, digital fabrication, Arduino technology and principles of environmental strategies. From the second month and through the next 11 months, students will work on a challenging thesis project that will be presented to a public audience at the end of the Master. During this phase, classes will stimulate students on the topics of Green Energies Design Strategies, Smart Technologies for the Built Environment, Design Rating Systems and Certifications, Big Data, Urban Sharing. All the input coming from these activities will be embedded in the students design work to develop a compelling thesis project.Subjects
- 3D Modeling
- Parametric Design
- Digital Fabrication
- Physical Computing
- Smart Design Studio I
- Smart Design Studio II – Reducing Energy
- Energetic Solutions
- Sustainable Engineering
- Smart Building Thesis
Cesare Griffa - Course Coordinator
He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin and the Architectural Association in London, collaborating also with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arata Isozaki & Partners. He is a Fulbright fellow and has been Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Polytechnic of Turin, Visiting Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and at MIT Senseable City Lab (Cambridge, MA). Author of La Città Digitale (Meltemi, 2008) and Smart Creatures (Edilstampa 2012). His work has been selected in many international competitions and exhibits and widely published. Recent work explores possible applications of micro-alge bio technology for sustainable architecture and designLab
In IED Turin, Model Labs are: Clay Laboratory, Thesis Laboratory and Light Laboratory. Inside them there is an important part of the practical didactic of the courses because students can verify the hypothesis from their work and learn the use of the necessary tools for experimentation, representation and communication of the projects. Activities can count on machines and equipment, under the guidance of technicians and lab assistants.