ENVI 420
Architecture and Sustainability in a Global World Fall 2016
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed GBST 420 / EXPR 420 / ENVI 420 / ARTH 420
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What does it mean to create a sustainable built environment? What do such environments look like? Do they look the same for different people across different times and spaces? This course takes these questions as starting points in exploring the concept of architectural sustainability, defined as “minimizing the negative impact of built form on the surrounding landscape,” and how this concept can be interpreted not only from an environmental point of view, but from cultural, political, and social perspectives as well. Over the course of the class, students will explore different conceptualizations of sustainability and how these conceptualizations take form in built environments in response to the cultural identities, political agendas, social norms, gender roles, and religious values circulating in society at any given moment. In recognizing the relationship between the way things are constructed (technique of assembly, technology, materials, process) and the deeper meanings behind the structural languages deployed, students will come to understand sustainability as a fundamentally context-specific ideal, and its manifestation within the architectural environment as a mode of producing dialogues about the anticipated futures of both cultural and architectural worlds.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1441
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers on class readings (2 pages), leading class discussions, and final project/paper (15-20 pages) and presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none, although a course in art/architectural history would be advantageous
Enrollment Preferences: Art History majors, Environmental Studies majors
Materials/Lab Fee: $100
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH or ENVI or EXPR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under GBST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 420 Division II EXPR 420 Division I ENVI 420 Division I ARTH 420 Division I

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