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Universitat Politècnica de València

Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

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Overview

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainabilityin Architecture. Learners will be introducedto the basic elements of sustainability assessments (first model layer), as well as trends informing the space today.

The coursework enables students to develop a conceptual neighborhood model for assessing performance and urban policies.

In the first week,participants willlearn todevelop a conceptual model from the architectural elements of buildings; the basic building blockof which will be theperformance of materials. The second weekexploresmethods of optimizing performance. Coursework willdetail the needs and constraints inherent in selecting materials and neighborhood urban elements (the second model layer for green, blue and grey infrastructure).

In the third week, learners will developthe basic tools for introducing energy and measuring the potential impact on climate change (CO2). A new layer (third) on our neighborhood stainability model, this will be approached from a global perspective. In the fourth and finalweek, the course will explore techniques for a joint assessment directly connected to policy issues.

Syllabus

Week 1: Materials relevance in buildings
Week 2: Buildings, performance, functions,and materials
Week 3: Efficiency, sustainability,and architecture
Week 4: Integrated design and Business Models

Taught by

Javier Orozco-Messana, Maria Valles-Planells, Elena de la Poza-Plaza, Dai Morgan, Naoko Ellis, Edmond Byrne and Kas Hemmes

Reviews

3.8 rating, based on 106 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    La idea del curso y el contenido planificado me resultó interesante al inicio. Sin embargo, las expectativas creadas cayeron a la realidad en el momento de hacer el curso. Los videos, además de no agregar material adicional o al menos un link de referencia...
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    Patridge Bhunu Shava
    The course is introductory and informative. The lectures were well organised with the theory, practicals, and case studies well articulated. The myriad of topics and lecturers from different universities make for a great course. The first topics presentations...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, I thoroughly enjoyed this course on sustainability in architecture. For the past two to three decades, sustainability has become synonymous with futuristic architectural designs. I have seen where this sustainability...
  • Anonymous
    This course has indeed justified the title of Introduction to Sustainability in Architecture. As the course's content concerns, it the useful to beginners in the field of Solar passive architecture. More quantitative dealing can be helpful to the readers to visualize the concepts well.
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    Muhammad Emara

    Muhammad Emara is taking this course right now.

    It is quite disappointing; I feel that it may have been better if they decided on focusing on a specific topic and giving some real indepth information instead of giving a mere introduction in several topics.
    It is like reading several chapter names instead of reading a whole chapter.
  • Anonymous
    I'm a last period student of the architecture career, and on this course, i've learned incredible stuff that i haven't heard about on my college. Also, increased my desire to studying more about sustainability.
  • Anonymous
    The opportnity to learn at one's pace is a rare privilege. As an Architect, I was able to brush up on the previous knowledge on sustainability and the interdisciplinary angles to it.
  • Anonymous
    thanks for all the lessons, it was a great pleasure learning from all knowledgeable professors.
    Questionnaire was short but challenging. i feel accomplished
  • Anonymous
    this was really very useful to understand about sustainability and its impertinence in our daily life. I express my thanks to all the faculties.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a newbie in this area with no prior foundations, I learnt a number of new technical concepts (although not always explained in the videos) and widened my understanding of and perspectives in sustainability within the architecture field. Warning, however: the exams have absolutely no value added, most courses are not well structured, the English tough to understand at times (foreign accent) and the subtitles of the units often inaccurate. I would have preferred to take the course without the certificate but I did learn which was the initial objective!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The biggest takeaway of this course for me is about stretching ourselves to reach further and re-consider what is possible when it comes to designing more caring and thoughtful spaces for present and future generations of this planet's inhabitants, by having more open minds that accommodate interconnections, complexities and collaborations. The topics are very interesting, though some topics would have been even better if they were fleshed out with more detail, explanations, examples, etc. Overall though, it's a very worthwhile course to take :)
  • Anonymous
    As an architecture student, I learned a lot from this course and it opened new windows to the sustainability world for me
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course added a lot of things to my reflections and ways to do as a student of architecture. The video classroom took me more interactive on the course and i liked this. Perhaps the only thing that I would say to manage in the course are the exams or assessments, because there are some questions that dont have an exact resemblance with the subjects. Further more, thank you for the support and the incredible course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is just a brief introduction to sustainability as a whole. It doesn't give any in-depth information on how to conduct analysis. If you have already had a course on energy efficiency in University, you definitely must have finished all the topics available in the course.
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    Yalda Shoohanizad

    Yalda Shoohanizad completed this course.

    As an architect, I really learned a lot from this course and it opened new windows to sustainability world for me. It's been my first course at edx and there are too many more to go through. I do appreciate all the work done to make this possible.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It has been a good and rewarding experience. The examples really stood out to explain the concepts underneath. I hope people who enrolled got the better half of this course and hope that more and more people choose to study courses like this.
  • Anonymous
    As an Architect and Interior designer, I definitely learned useful details about the Integration of sustainable materials into design projects, etc. My only dissatisfaction was with some of the slides or unrelated topics and their lack of clarity and incomprehensible accent. I did all the exams and got a great mark on all of them, however, some of the exam questions were totally unrelated to the topics that were taught!
    But, overall I really appreciate all the professors' efforts.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have learned lots of things from this course i.e. Sustainability in Architecture which will help me & my internal team members to plan the project in right direction. It really opens a new window to sustainability in architecture..
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    For me, it was quite educational specifically in two areas the Business Model for Climate Change Strategies and the Life Cycle Analysis, I wished to have some real-life examples related to both items in the course .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    No links at all between presentations, very monotone and slow presentations on the architectural side of the course. Quite dissapointed as this is a very interesting and big topic.

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