Teaching the relation of environmental sensitivity and conceptual design

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Abstract

This paper gives an overview of the structure, methods and outcomes of the redeveloped course Technical Systems Integration within the accredited professional architecture program at The Pennsylvania State University. The guiding principle of the course is to link the technical, aesthetic and social approaches of environmentally responsible design in order to achieve an architecture in which the environmentally sensible elements become meaningful parts of an architectural whole, rather than additive pieces. The required course is closely linked to the fifth-year design studio, emphasizing that technical systems are not only a matter of comfort, health, or environmental responsibility, but also and mainly a matter of an individual strong design concept and corresponding environmental strategies that support the unique design. The paper discusses different teaching formats for successful knowledge transfer of environmental responsibility. Pros and cons of teaching environmentally sensitive strategies in cooperation with the design studio will be reviewed in comparison to an unrelated course. Two student designs that successfully link environmentally sensitive strategies and the design concept will be presented. The main outcomes are intensive student involvement in issues of environmental sensitivity and the understanding that environmental strategies must evolve out of a strong overall concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSun, Wind and Architecture - The Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2007
Pages699-705
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event24th International conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2007 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Nov 22 2007Nov 24 2007

Publication series

NameSun, Wind and Architecture - The Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2007

Other

Other24th International conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2007
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period11/22/0711/24/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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