A Methodology to Develop Judgment Skills in Sustainable Architectural Education

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Title: A Methodology to Develop Judgment Skills in Sustainable Architectural Education
Authors: Kenny, Paul
Brophy, Vivienne
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3784
Date: 18-Oct-2011
Abstract: Students of sustainability, in particular architectural students, are faced with a vast body of published work that forms an important part of their reference library. The idea of the precedent study is, traditionally, central to the education of an architectural student, introducing them to exemplary projects of all types. However many of the buildings published and purporting to be ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ lack rigorous and impartial review. In the absence of such credible evidence how is a student, or for that matter, their instructor, to know that a particular building is an authentic exemplar upon which to base research or teaching. This paper presents a project and the methodology used by second year architectural students in University College Dublin designed to instil a strong sense of discernment in the student, developing critical and research skills that enable them to differentiate between an authentic sustainable exemplar and one over which there may be doubt. The project first asked each student to arrive at their own definition of sustainable architecture. This was then tested by applying it to three ‘sustainable’ projects of their own choice. They were then asked to choose the most credible of those three and apply a specifically developed environmental rating system, supplied to them, against which to assess their chosen exemplar. The objective and result of the project was to develop within each student the ability to research authoritative information online, in books and journals and to use this to support and argue for authentic exemplars of sustainable practices in architectural design. The highest rated case studies were then available to the whole class as genuine examples of the highest international standard in sustainable architectural practice. The best five exemplars of the class were then published in a national sustainable construction magazine, Construct Ireland, along with the methodology developed for the project and used in their assessment.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Copyright (published version): 2011 Paul Kenny
Keywords: Architecture;Education;Sustainability;Precedent
Subject LCSH: Architecture--Study and teaching
Critical thinking
Sustainable architecture--Evaluation
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: World Sustainable Building Conference, 18 - 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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