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Postgraduate Course: Sustainable Design Methodologies (ARCH11039)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is based on design practice in the studio. It applies theoretical concepts and knowledge of sustainable discourses to design projects. These engage with architectural design strategies at the scale of settlement and building.
Course description This course is speculative in nature and credit is given to process and creativity.

We examine two specific themes:
Infrastructure Networks:
You explore at an urban scale the role of both physical and virtual infrastructures in the formation of settlement frameworks. We look at utopias, autonomy and connection and how the values of a particular community can influence design processes.
Sustainable Transformations:
We enquire at the scale of the building how environmental response and building skin can transform working environments and minimise impact in the built environment. We look at how existing buildings and structures can be retrofitted and made inherently adaptable and flexible.

The course is delivered primarily through studio teaching with tutorials and periodic review sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Sustainable Theory and Contexts (ARCH11038)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available for students on the MSc Advanced Sustainable Design programme, and a limited number of spaces are available for students on the MSc Sustainable Energy Systems programme.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  27
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 71, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 117 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course has two Components of Assessment:

Course Assignment 1: You complete a group design project based on the scale of a settlement. It counts for 40% of the final mark for the course.
You will be assessed against all the learning outcomes for this course.

Course Assignment 2: You will complete a design project based on the scale of an individual building. It counts for 60% of the final mark for the course. This project will be undertaken either individually or in groups of two students. It addresses all the learning outcomes for this course.
Feedback Formative feedback is given to you during the course to help you understand the learning material and assist you in the assignments we ask you to do. This will be in the form of verbal feedback given in tutorial and reviews as well as written feedback at key stages in your coursework.

Summative feedback is given on a finished piece of assignment work that advises you how well you have performed in terms of the aims and objectives of the assignment and overall in relation to the course.

For Course Assignment 1: you will receive written feedback after your interim teaching review for this project.

For Course Assignment 2: you will receive written feedback after your interim teaching review for this project and again after your final teaching review.

You will receive summative feedback with a grade for all the assignments for this course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop understanding as to the role of the built environment in the establishment of effective sustainable strategies.
  2. Acquire knowledge and capability to articulate programmatic and technical criteria within a diverse spectrum of architectural cultural contexts.
  3. Gain skills in the presentation and communication of sustainable design concepts and strategies
Reading List
G. E.Brown and Mark DeKay: Sun, Wind & Light, Architectural Design Strategies
Andre Viljoen: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes, Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities
Manfred Hegger: Energy Manual
Gerhard Hausladen & Michael de Saldanha & Petra Liedl: ClimateSkin, Building-skin Concepts that Can Do More with Less Energy
David McCandless: Information is Beautiful
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Acquire experience in applying research methods and techniques to make value judgements in the creation of sustainable design strategies;
Develop an ability to develop creative design strategies informed by considered sustainability criteria;
Be proficient in spatial techniques for problem solving;
Communicate effectively with others using appropriate modelling, graphic, verbal and written techniques;
Communicate the rationale of a design proposal through oral presentation and using graphics and models, in the context of design practice;
Work in an interdisciplinary environment and collaborate with others, working effectively when required as a group leader, design team member and autonomously as an individual;
Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals.
Keywordssustainable design strategies home workplace environmental
Course organiserMr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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