New Spring 2005 Course:
Green Design and Technologies
STS 297F (Schedule # 465166) / 497F (Schedule # 465169)
Mon & Wed
In brief, topics will
include integrating living systems (e.g. plants) with the built and engineered environment,
Machines, Breathing Walls, Bioshelters, Green Roofs,
etc.; as well as state-of-the-art materials in Green building design &
construction and the U.S. Green Building Council's
LEED criteria (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).
Key projects include a two design projects: designing and planning to construct
a Breathing Wall (which uses ferns, mosses and other house plants to clean the
interior air of buildings, including removal of pathogens!); and the integrated
design of a proposed commercial healing center & community called
"Neo-Terra". Several classes will meet in the greenhouses
Topics will include:
Socio-economic issues will be considered, including strategies for motivating societal adoption of “greener” buildings and landscapes. Planetary limits will provide certain design constraints to be considered. As per all STS courses, the heart of the course are today’s “felt” problems that serve to motivate us to learn how to best effectively address them – thereby effectively acquiring the basic skills needed to do so.
The course will be used to connect you with state-of-the-art businesses doing this kind of work and provide you with eco-entrepreneurial ideas that may launch your future meaningful career! If nothing else, you'll go away with a deeper understanding of the complexity of designing for a sustainable world and what things that might entail.
A mix of team work and individual assignments will be used in class
I hope we will find it to be a fun and engaging experience for all!
Can petition to get course to satisfy appropriate Gen-Ed requirements
There will be slightly different assignments for 297F and 497F students