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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

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Reviews

3.8 rating, based on 96 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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    Muhammad Emara
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    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

    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

    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 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
    Needs to have more detailed studies and strategies to sustainability in architecture related to climate ,material study use of those materials and how ,more examples or case studies suggesting . this course was too introductory
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Many interesting concepts offered in a clear way. This experience has not only improved my knowledge of sustainability in the urban environment, but of overall sustainability on Earth as well. Thanks!
  • Anonymous
    The course was very good, I am an architecture student and learned a lot about sustainable development through this course, the teachers from upv and other schools were very clear in their explanations
  • 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
    the course was really basic but it's a good start to jump in the sustainability world in architecture.
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    Yalda Shoohanizad
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    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.

    Since the topic was so inspirinig I'd expected for the course presentation to be as well. The tone of voice of most of the speakers was simply not keeping my attention. Comparing to the Course I recently took from DelftX (Sustainable topic as well) this one seemed as there was not sufficeint effort made in preparation. Some of the quizes do not correspond to the lectures and I did not felt they were actually testing what you just saw. At the end of the Course I felt it was sufficient just to read prepared slides without waching videos.
  • 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.

    I found the body very interesting especially the Life Cycle Assessment and the problem of green infrastructures that interest me a lot for the work I do in the society in which I work
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very interesting and responsive to my expectations. In particular, the analysis of the Life Cicle Assessment was useful for the work I do at my company where I work.
  • Luciana Marini
    1

    Luciana Marini completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course was very interesting and responsive to my expectations. In particular, the analysis of the Life Cicle Assessment was useful for the work I do at my company where I work.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very interesting and met my expectations. In particular, the topic of the Life Cycle Assessment was very interesting because it was useful for my business purposes.
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    Dima Nakashidze
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    Dima Nakashidze completed this course.

    The course was quite basic in some moments and too complicated in another ones. The teachers from Spain had a really bad English so I couldn't understand anything without reading the text. the pictures had low quality so I was searching for the good ones. But the other teachers from another universities were great. So basically it's a good course, but it's still a whole room (or building I would say) for improvement.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Maybe the worse course I had on edx. It was too general that the thoughts were flying from one side to other side. Concentration needed. Some topics were just for saying, and some (energy systems) were too detailed. It was really not well organized.

    P.S professors' English required more attention to understand what they say.

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