Course Description:

Students are introduced to the history and theory of sustainability and through research and analysis explore precedents in the vernacular and designed environment, as well as their relationship to the finite nature of our planet.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understanding of the meaning of sustainability regarding the built environment, especially as it applies to interior environments.
  • Understanding of, and familiarity with, historical precedents of sustainability in the natural and built environments.
  • Understanding the role and impact of regional differences in the creation of sustainable environments, especially as it relates to geography, weather, materials, and culture.
  • Understanding of the various theories of ecology, such as Patch Dynamics and Land Mosaics, in relation to its effects on sustainable vernacular and designed environments.
  • Understanding of the various theories of sustainability and its basic conceptual model (i.e. Whole Systems Design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Biomimicry/ Biophilia, Natural Capitalism, the Constructal Theory, Cradle to Cradle design and the Hannover Principles).

Professor:  Reid Betz, RA LEED AP

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