Sustainable Architecture - Smart Building and Urban Innovation

Start date: April 2014 | Duration: 9 Months - Full Time | Language: English
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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.

  • Target: The Master is addressed to those who have a Postgraduate Degree in Architecture, Building Engineering, or Civil Engineering and who want to deepeer their knowledge about study subjects, tools and issues  concerning the requalification of buildings and districts by starting from highly innovative and sustainable solutions.

    Content and structure

    Sustainability is addressed in terms of Design strategies that optimise environmental, energy and social behaviours of the urban built environment. Smart building involve interactive and web connected technology to be embedded within architecture in order to become aware of what is going on in the surrounding environment and acquire the capability of virtuous reactions. City innovation is the challenging variations that the problematic post-industrial polluted cities will have to face over the next few years.

    The Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation is a 9 months full time studio based program.

    The first month will be dedicated to introduce the students to the skills of the job, including 3d modeling, digital fabrication, Arduino technology, and principles of environmental strategies.

    From the second month, and through the next eight  months, the students will work on a challenging thesis project that will be presented to a public audience at the end of the Master. During this phase, a series of activities (theoretical lectures, seminars, design workshops, conferences, construction workshops) to be held every other week will stimulate the students on the topics of  Green Energies Design Strategies,  Smart Technologies for the Built Environment, Design rating systems and certifications, Big Data, Urban Sharing. All the input coming from these activities will be embedded in the students design work to develop a compelling thesis project.

  • Cesare Griffa - Coordinator

    Cesare Griffa studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin and the Architectural Association in London, and practiced collaborating with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arata Isozaki & Partners. Since 2006, he founded his own practice in Turin. He is a Fulbright fellow, and has been Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Polytechnic of Turin, Visiting Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), and at MIT Senseable City Lab (Cambridge, MA). He has lectured on the topics of digital architecture in Italy and abroad. He is the author of “La Città Digitale” (Meltemi, 2008) and “Smart Creatures” (Edilstampa 2012). His work has been selected in many international competitions and exhibits and widely published. Current research includes the use of parametric 3d modeling software, rapid prototyping tools, physical computing, and bio-chemicals to explore possible applications of micro-alge bio technology for sustainable architecture and design.

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