A Methodology to Develop Judgment Skills in Sustainable Architectural Education

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dc.contributor.author Kenny, Paul
dc.contributor.author Brophy, Vivienne
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T13:55:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T13:55:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 Paul Kenny en
dc.date.issued 2011-10-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3784
dc.description World Sustainable Building Conference, 18 - 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland en
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland en
dc.subject Architecture en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Precedent en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture--Study and teaching en
dc.subject.lcsh Critical thinking en
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable architecture--Evaluation en
dc.title A Methodology to Develop Judgment Skills in Sustainable Architectural Education en
dc.type Conference Publication en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Kenny|Paul|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Brophy|Vivienne|aut|


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