Sustainable Design

Int 365, cr 3. 

In a time of population growth, dwindling resources, climate change, pollution, economic uncertainty, and mass throwaway consumption, sustainability means survival. Sustainable Design is the art of designing for urban planning, mobility, architecture, interior spaces and objects so as to comply with the principles of economic, social and ecological sustainability. While all three principles are closely related, this course emphasizes ecology. The sustainable designer, increasingly in demand, makes responsible decisions in full consciousness of the long-term environmental impact of every aspect of the project, construction and maintenance. The course cultivates this holistic design attitude. On the one hand, it explores a range of issues and possible solutions to them. Students consider design in relation to renewable energy sources like sun, wind, biomass and geothermal power, as well as to energy reduction and efficiency. They examine recycling, re-use and reduction of materials in both construction and packaging. On the other hand, students develop a feasible project which meets rapidly evolving sustainability requirements while respecting creative and functional needs, making real-world choices.