Environmental Design Strategies (Summerschool)

August 2017 in Weimar

Learn to optimize the environmental performance of buildings to design sustainable buildings for the future!

The building sector is responsible for a large proportion of the world’s consumption of energy and resources, and has a significant environmental impact Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and architects and planners have a great influence on the environmental performance of a building from the very beginning of the planning process. In a short design phase of several months, they define the environmental impacts a building will have over the next fifty or one hundred years. This course teaches how to optimize the environmental performance of building design using digital tools and design strategies. The theoretical background will be given in form of short input presentations by different experts. This mini-lectures include cycle-orientated design concepts, cradle to cradle, reuse, energy and resource efficiency, and life cycle assessment. In addition, various tool for environmental performance assessment will be introduced, e.g. eLCA, CAALA, Grasshopper plugins including ArchSim/Diva/Ladybug/Honeybee. These approaches and tools will be directly applied within this course for a small design project. Small interdisciplinary teams, develop their own sustainable design. During the project short presentations to other workshop members will provided the possibility to learn from other groups and their background knowledge. The design will be presented at the end of the summer school and summarized and published in a brochure.

The summerschool is supported by the DAAD and will take place from August 5th to the 19th.

Register with your CV and a letter of motivation at summerschool@uni-weimar.de until April 30th. Further information can be found at Bauhaus University Webpage or at the DAAD webpage.