2019 Environmental Design

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yasuda Koichi  Kawashima Norihisa  Suemitsu Hirokazu  Kiyono Arata 
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Course description and aims

Architecture itself works as a device to control the environment such as light, sound, heat and air-flow. Before modern times, buildings and cities fit to the climate and the environment had been built by the prodigious builders. After Industrial revolution, mechanical systems such as lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation, elevator etc. by using energy had expanded the human life area drastically, at the same time architecture had changed to take in those machines. The problem of finiteness of resources in the earth had required the architecture to have the view point of total sustainability such as energy-saving, reduction of CO2, environmental friendliness. After Great East Japan Earthquake 3.11, BCP(Business Continuity Plan) for energy supply stop and rethinking of energy resource such us abandoning nuclear power has been required when we design the architecture. We now try to realize "Smart City" in which we think architecture not only as a simple building but also as a network of buildings in the cities, also as a device to encourage human behavior change. In this class, learn about the background, theory, methods and examples of architecture as device to control the environment.

Student learning outcomes

In this class, learn about the background, theory, methods and examples of architecture as device to control the environment.


Architecture as a device to control the environment, Sustainable Design

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture by the cutting-edge architects/engineers of sustainable architectural design. The discussion between lectures and students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Report on the assigned book
Class 2 Social Responsibility and Environmental Architecture Design Report on the lecture
Class 3 Integration Environmental Technologies into Architectural Design - Towards Holistic Design - Report on the lecture
Class 4 Sustainable Design by using the Computational Methods - Towards Delightful Architecture - Report on the lecture
Class 5 Collaboration between Architects and Engineers on Sustainable Design Report on the lecture



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Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation, Reports

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Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



Intensive Class

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