cod. 1005766

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
GHERRI Barbara
integrated course unit
8 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

The course aims at going deeper into the environmental design matter, related to the architectural project. Furthermore, every topic related to environmental issues -with the only exception of building materials review, that that will be studied in the supplementary course - will be considered in their singularity, as well as, in their synergic connection.
From this point of view, bioclimatic approach represents a major and irreplaceable strategic and pre-conceptual design apparatus, in order to accomplish the overall comfort conditions both for indoor and outdoor spaces, with respect to the main features of environmental sustainability.
The course aims at reviewing deeply the technological matters that has been developed along the master program as well as at verifying the general knowledge with regards to building needs and technology and building envelope issues, with the proper goal to get a factual integration between architectural and technological requirements and other design needs (Ist descriptor).
The course goal is to stimulate in each student learning and operative skills, thanks to a small group student-work, that aims at testing students’ ability in using actively what they have learned during the lessons. The project-work provides students with a chance to test their own technological proficiency regards to building envelope and environmental issues. (II nd and II rd descriptor).
Written Exam represent the most valuable way to reinforce and evaluate students’ understand of the course contents and to evaluate the general proficiencies levels of the class. ( IVth and Vth descriptor).


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Course unit content

The integrated class INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ARCHITECTURE represents an opportunity to investigate the issue of buildings innovative and high performance materials and technologies, to be used in retrofit intervention and for new constructions. A sharp focus will be on the recovery procedures for existing buildings building and for the designing of new products, also with a view to environmentally sustainable products. Great attention will be reserved to the most suitable technologies and solutions for energy retrofit in the light of the stringent needs related to the achievement of high energy performance of buildings and for the recovery and design of open spaces, that also need to be environmentally compatible with the urban context. Therefore, active strategies and passive ones will be investigated, together with the use of passive and solar devices to support the energy-sustainable behaviour of the architectural project.
The theme of architectural integration therefore becomes a fundamental question about which the class wants to pay attention.

Full programme

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BUTERA F.M., Dalla caverna alla casa ecologica: storia del comfort e dell'energia, Edizione Ambiente, Milano, 2007.
CLEMENTI M., DESSÌ V. E LAVAGNA M., (a cura di), La rivoluzione sostenibile - territorio città architettura, Maggioli, Santarcangelo di Romagna, 2009.
DESSI’ V., Progettare il comfort urbano: soluzioni per un'integrazione tra società e territorio, Sistemi Editoriali, Milano, 2007.
GEHL J., Cities for People, Island Press, Washington, D.C., 2010.
GIVONI B., Man, climate and architecture, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY, 1976.
GIVONI B., ed., “Issues in outdoor comfort research”, Passive And Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2000, J&J, Cambridge,2000.
Givoni B., et al., “Outdoor comfort research issues”, Energy and Buildings, 35: 77–86, 2003.G.L. BALDO, Analisi del ciclo di vita. Gli strumenti per la progettazione sostenibile di materiali, prodotti e processi, Edizioni Ambiente, Milano, 2008.
A. CAMPIOLI, M. LAVAGNA, Criteri di ecologicità̀ e certificazione ambientale dei prodotti edilizi in il Progetto Sostenibile (27): 48-55, 2011.
M. LAVAGNA, Life cycle assessment in edilizia. Progettare e costruire in una prospettiva di sostenibilita' ambientale, Hoepli, Roma, 2008.
BENEDETTI C., Manuale di Architettura bioclimatica, Maggioli Editore, Faenza, 1987.

Teaching methods

The integrated class is divided into two closely connected modules and takes place in frontal lessons of about three hours, for a total of 80 hours, 8 CFU, with the help of Power Point presentations and collections of images and workshops organized on specific themes that will benefit from the presence of non academic professionals. The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded weekly on the Elly web platform. Registration for the online course is required in order to download the slides.
The slides, uploaded weekly on Elly, are considered an integral part of the teaching material. Non-attending students are reminded to check the available teaching.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the final written test each student will be evaluated on the subjects and topics with regards to the two separate modules. Written test takes approx.3 h. Everyone will be asked with some descriptive questions about the course program in order to evaluate a proper learning level with a final grade 0-30. Final grade will be communicated before next final exam on Essetre website.

Other information

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