CLIMATE RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURE
2014/2015, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
This module covers the principles of environmental responsive architecture, focusing on passive mode and other low energy design strategies for architecture in the various climates. Topics included address the impact of sun, daylight, wind, rain on architectural design. The module enables students to formulate holistic approaches in generating design solutions.
AR1721 | Climate Responsive Architecture is the foundation course on environmental science, taught in Year 1, Semester 2, focusing on how buildings interface with the environment, how architecture controls or exploits climatic attributes in the making of human comfort. This lays the foundation for two modules
in the subsequent semesters which expand on the ideas of environment-building interface.
In teaching this module, I communicate multiple viewpoints, at once quantitative and qualitative. This is done by focusing on:
Juxtaposition of qualitative aspects of design with scientific principles
Case studies of celebrated works/architects
Talks by expert guest speakers
Exposure to performance visualisation tools
Measurements and observations of the real world, a sensitization of the senses to the physical environment of temperature, humidity, light and airflow.
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D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week