This course is an inter-disciplinary seminar designed to allow students to explore the emerging definitions of “sustainability.” Students will be exposed to and required to discuss current theories, methodologies, and best practices related to the creation of our built environments. Topics for consideration may include but are not limited to human health, community engagement, building performance, ecological impact, human relationships to nature, material life cycle, material spirit, affordability, appropriate technology, beauty, ethics, and utility. Students will grapple with these topics as they develop an appreciation of multiple perspectives; including various stakeholders like developers, designers, builders, and clients. Using a case-study approach, readings, discussions, and lectures students will develop and defend various positions, ultimately defining for themselves metrics for how to define the sustainable building movement, beyond just the greening of conventional affordable buildings into the territory of regenerative design and development.
This course is available to Sterling students through our partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School. For more information about Sterling’s partnership with Yestermorrow please visit this page.