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Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Universitat Politècnica de València via edX

13 Reviews 114 students interested
Found in Visual Arts
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $50 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in Architecture.  Learners will be introduced to 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 will learn to develop a conceptual model from the architectural elements of buildings; the basic building block of which will be the performance of materials. The second week explores methods of optimizing performance. Coursework will detail 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 develop the 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 final week, 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

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Reviews for edX's Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
3.2 Based on 13 reviews

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Anonymous
2.0 5 months ago
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 directa, son muy complicados de seguir debido al ritmo de los mismos.

Sugiero que las lecturas sean hechas en el idioma nativo de cada docente (no creo que nadie tenga problemas en leer subtítulos en inglés o en español).

Exponer a los profesionales en hacer los videos en inglés, cuando claramente no están prepara…
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Kenneth L
2.0 5 months ago
Kenneth completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This intermediate level course is too general without going in-depth into the topics. Some lectures are oddly specific while the rest are very superficial. The course could benefit from additional lectures/content for a more coherent and in-depth coverage of the topic.
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Arun V
4.0 3 months ago
Arun completed this course.
Thanks for the course. This course set students in the right direction of understanding sustainability not just in architecture but sustainability in various conducts and industries and finally introducing into more platforms of business.
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was such an ideal preparation for those you are planning to shift and study sustainability. This course had prepared me on the possibilities and further enhance my understanding on the concept of sustainability, green infrastructure and other relative studies that would help me further understand the basics of it which will help me to further hone my interest unto the said subject.
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Muhammad E
1.0 4 months ago
Muhammad 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.
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Anonymous
3.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The information presented was interesting and valuable. However, I had some difficulty understanding the context of the quiz and exam questions which may be as a result of language translation to English.
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Anonymous
3.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I suggest for better subtitles since instructors are definitely not a native english speakers.

and topics could be more discussed further.

But I learned stuffs which is good. so i give it a three stars.
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Anonymous
3.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
too introductory, the information and knowledge provided were too superficial. there aren't any video or slide downloads. the topic is a wonderful one, should improve in depth of activities and content
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was very informative and useful for learning more about sustainability. Though the topic is huge to cover in four modules, the basics have been covered.
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Divyesh G
4.0 5 months ago
Divyesh completed this course.
I liked it. Some of the videos are too long and boring. you can add some of the concepts at the beginning to make the course easier. generally, it is good.
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Anonymous
4.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
In general I liked it. Some of the videos are too long and boring. Maybe, you can add some of the concepts at the beginning to make the course easier.
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
this course has been really educative and it has so much impacted my knowledge in sustainability. Big thanks to edX for this opportunity
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Anonymous
1.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was not what i expected. I didn't learn as much as i would like to do.

Not recommended
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