Master Course in Sustainable Architecture
Start date: April 2014 | Duration: 12 Months - Full Time | Language: English
An introductory part of the Master Course in Sustainable Architecture will be set aside to provide an insight into the awareness and culture on which sustainability is based, presenting the different contexts in which it can be applied, retracing the history of the exploitation of renewable resources right up to an overview of current transnational energy policies.
From a socio-scientific point of view the relationship between economics and ecology will be explored alongside the one between the climate and developable energy policies, by addressing issues such as Housing Evolution and the Green Economy. Lessons and courses will specifically look into design methods, how continuous research and analysis can be fostered, the different representation (sketching, 3D modelling, rendering) and simulation techniques (Ecotec, Radiance), how the project can be communicated and the evaluation of innovative materials and production technologies.
Technical and cultural materials will then be brought together and used in practical applications in order to provide a complete training experience ideally suited to fulfil the requirements of the workplace.
Home workshop Service Building workshop Building Renovation workshop
* Introduction to sustainability
Sustainability is a word that provides a more far-reaching definition of our way of living, consuming and producing on the planet earth. The burden of responsibility that must be shouldered by architecture in reversing the trend and pointing humanity toward a sustainable future is considerable and it involves a serious assessment of energy consumption and the production of toxic emissions. A building’s footprint goes much beyond its perimeter and the awareness of this impact can lead to a major improvement in the quality of design, our building practices and how we live in these buildings. That’s why the architects of the future must be the bearers of a new sustainable culture which requires the acquisition of new skills and familiarity with new design tools.
* Relationship between economy and ecology
Climate change, the industrial crises and health and wellbeing issues have led to a new relationship being set up between ecology and the economy. The interest in renewable energy sources viewed as a new industrial and economic sector, the focus on local products, on their uniqueness and diversity compared to standardisation, are adding value to micro-economies and local production units. These are the first signs that a change is underway in which our ecological, territorial and cultural awareness can be shaped by sustainable values.
* Sociology and Housing Evolution
Architecture must provide answers to those social desires which particularly revolve around living. Recent sociological studies have brought to light how different people’s life styles actually are, and this is mirrored in the desire to come up with alternative ways of living and using one’s living space. The challenge facing architects today is finding alternatives to traditional construction methods, coming up with more complex solutions that might satisfy individual living needs.
* The history of the exploitation of renewable energy resources.
Man has always done its best to use renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and finally thermal mass to the utmost. Technological development over the last century has led to the introduction of fossil fuels with all the benefits that this use has brought about. At the beginning of the 21st century we are forced however to find a way of mediating and finding a new approach to the environment and renewable resources. And we can do this by exploiting the opportunities offered to us today by technology, which provides us with new tools ad enables us to use them more efficiently, without forgetting the great models of the past. Lessons and courses will also discuss design methods, continuous research and analysis methods, and different representation techniques: traditional and digital modelling, and the use of specific software such as Ecotec.
* Urban sustainability
The perimeter of a city spreads out beyond its physical boundaries and the impact this expansion produces in ecological terms needs to be assessed in terms of the consumption of the territory, its environmental resources and the production of toxic emissions. The city is the place in the 21st century that needs to be reassessed at a structural level, if we hope to improve the community’s urban living experience: this will mean reviewing the connection between built up spaces, public areas and the quality of green or park areas.