Sustainable Architecture - Smart Building and Urban InnovationStart date: April 2014 | Duration: 9 Months - Full Time | Language: English
The contemporary city presents new challenges. Nowadays, the building and urban regeneration fields have to reckon with efficiency, innovation and competitiveness and to observe the effects in terms of sustainability, liveability and inclusion. “Smart cities” and intelligent buildings consider technology and innovation in the light of a new creativity that becomes the main design tool.
The smart approach to the built environment involves different areas: from transportations to distribution networks, from industry to telecommunication, from food production to energy policies, from participatory governance processes to strategic planning. The new challenge for professionals interested in “smart” pathways and solutions is to get information from the vernacular architecture and the low-cost technology.
The aim of Master in Sustainable Architecture - Smart Builiding and Urban Innovation course is to train designers capable of understanding and managing the dynamics behind environmental strategies and transforming the need to address the problem of energy consumption in buildings as a creative opportunity. A professional who can combine architectural design competence with the technical knowledge required to come up with a sustainable project.
The master is intended for graduates in Architecture (MArch or equivalent), Civil Engineering or in related fields who wish to explore the built environment to turn economic and environmental constraints into creative design opportunities, as well as suggest techno-functional strategies considering social and energy issues.
Methodology and structure:
The Master in Sustainable Architecture - Smart Builiding and Urban Innovation combines a technical-scientific feature with a theoretical, critical and cultural vision.
The course includes lectures and discussions aiming at introducing spokesmen, remarkable cases, subjects, theories and concepts rapresentatives of a culture of the sustainability and of
the innovation of the built environment. The course will deal with environmental, climatic, energy and technological issues, design approaches, architectural techniques, and innovative and traditional materials
The first part of the course includes serveral of modules aimed at teaching the main digital tools
required to analyse, evaluate and simulate the designed area and its interactions with the environmental parametrers (light, energy, wind, water).
Ecotect, REVIT, V-Ray, Design Builder, Daysim, 3D fabrication, Parametric Design, Building Envelope, HVAC system.
Besides theoretical classes, the course offers a hands-on practical training enabling students to implement the techniques and knowledge acquired within sustainable design. Two main focus are deepened
• Home automation and responsive buildings
• Low tech innovation
• Smart structures, materials, technologies
• Smart grids and green energy
• Smart community
• Smart mobility
• City innovation
The students are offered practical experiences in order to apply and experiment the acquired knowledge, tools and techniques. The workshops can be organized with reference to some specific subjects or independently. The workshop offer changes from year to year.
• “Contemporary habitat” workshop – The workshop explores the “living” subject by following three guidelines: the quality and innovation of the building, a new vision of the house according to the personal wishes, and the integration of the low environmental impact technologies with the Zero emission target.
• “Responsive building” workshop – The workshop proposes the use and the experimentation - on ARDUINO controller for the realization step – of custom components for the interactive and smart control of building or service parts.
• “Low-tech innovation” workshop – The workshop deals with the expressive potential of low- tech solutions with high bioclimatic performances. The workshop will examine building techniques employing the principles of the vernacular architecture and non-conventional materials, such as disused tires, plastic bottles, raw earth, straw etc.
Final Thesis Project
Thanks to the knowledge acquired, the students will have to develop a project at an architectural and micro urban scale based on a real subject chosen by the coordinator. Besides the coordinator, other lecturers will take part in this activity supported by professionals working
in the field and in the local public sector in order to identify the case studies and the real subjects. The thesis work is individual, even if some steps can be developed in team. The presentation of the thesis project represents the end of the Master.
Riccardo Balbo - Coordinator
Riccardo Balbo Architect, PhD in Theory and Construction of Architecture, is Lecturer in Digital Architectural Design at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford (UK), where he founded MInD (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Research group. He is member of the scientific committee of the CRDPVS, Documentation and Research centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (Polytechnic of Turin), of TSC (OAT Foundation) and of ICT in Construction Research Centre (SOBE/Salford). He is appointed at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) as Temporary Professor at the School of Architecture Design studios 1 and Architectural and Urban design studio 1; he is consultant at I3P – Incubator of Polytechnic of Turin and Chamber of Commerce of Turin. He also manages his own architectural firm in Turin since 1997. He has worked on design projects that required the experimental use of new materials, Information Technologies and a design sustainable approach to heritage and the environment.
Giovanni Vincenzo Fracastoro
Civil Engineer. Full Professor in Environmental Technical Physics since 1986, from 1990 member of the Department of Energetics, of which has been Director (2003-2007) and Deputy Director (2007-2010). From 1979 to 2003 has been the Italian representative in a number of Annexes of the International Energy Agency. Has been scientific director of “Il Condizionamento dell’Aria” (2001-03) and member of the Editorial Board of “REHVA (Federation of European Heating and Air-conditioning Association), and is presently member of the Editorial Board of the “International Journal of Ventilation”. Scientific Advisor of the French Region Rhône-Alpes on Sustainable Energy (2006-2010). Author of about 150 publications, mainly on Applied Climatology, Building Physics, Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings, Renewable Energy Sources. Scientific coordinator of Politecnico European project EC2, the European-Chinese Centre on Clean Energies, active in Bejing since April 2010.
Valerio Lo Verso
Dr. Micono is an Environmental Engineer and a Lecturer at Politecnico of Turin. He is an expert on energy issues related to the environment.
Dr. Ostorero holds a degree in Construction Engineering, from the Politecnico of Turin. He spent considerable time during his internship in foreign countries such as Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland, working in the engineering and architectural planning fields. He currently works both as a researcher and a lecturer for the Politecnico of Turin and as a lecturer for the University of Parma.
Dr. Turi is an architect and a city planner operating in Turin. He worked for the City of Turin managing the Urban Center project and as the scientific coordinator for the Laboratorio Città Sostenibile.
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