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Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Universitat Politècnica de València via edX

30 Reviews 143 students interested
Found in Visual Arts
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • 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
3.4 Based on 30 reviews

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Anonymous
2.0 9 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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Muhammad E
1.0 8 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
5.0 4 months 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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Anonymous
1.0 4 months ago
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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Kenneth L
2.0 9 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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Anonymous
3.0 10 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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Arun V
4.0 7 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
3.0 9 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
2.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course's lectures didn't offer much of a difference over reading about the topics on a book, most videos featured lecturers reading content off the slides and not offering any insights on the subjects. Parts of the content were shallow and apparently not connected to the topic.

At the beginning I thought the course would have a clear and logic structure but it felt that it was jumping from one topic to the next one without a clear method or intention.

The quiz and exam questions need to be re organised and re written, some of these are quite subjective and most tests were not directly related to their corresponding talk.

I would not suggest anyone to take this course.
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Anonymous
2.0 3 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
3.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was interesting, very enriching in the field of sustainability, it opens up the mind to have a more worldwide view of sustainability and how it affects other areas of expertise in relation to Architecture. Hoping for more related courses in the future.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has given me a better understanding on Architecture in general. The tutorial provided enlightenment on some things I never understood. I appreciate the professors taking their time to give us better insight. I’m happy to be a part of the program.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
First of all thank you for the effort you've put into making this course. There were definitely very useful elements in this course and if you are looking for an introduction into this world this is right place to start. It also serves as a good refresh!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is excellent! it has given me a different way of thinking about architecture. it has given me a clear understanding of how Designers should strive to bring relevancy in their designs with regards to the well being of our planet and our lives.
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Fábio M
3.0 a month ago
Fábio completed this course.
Week 1 and 2 were great. Well detailed and had some interesting informations. I wish I could say the same about Week 3 and 4. I felt like they went a little bit off the main subject (Sustainability in Architecture). Anyway. Thank You!
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Anonymous
4.0 3 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course brings an important reflection about the sustainability and it gave us the opportunity of understanding the large integration between social, economic and enviromental issues in different process.
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Anonymous
3.0 5 months 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 2 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Needed more explaination and detailed pictures. More videos based explaining, where we can see the process happening. We can understand better with videos than picture presentation. Thankyou.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
As It's said in the title of this course, it made a great introduction to the sustainability by providing initial and vital information over it. I am really happy to take part in this course.
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Anonymous
3.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course in general is very informative and interesting, but it can be sometimes confusing due to the poor english level of some lecturers and subsequent inaccurate subtitles.
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