ARC 605-4– Arch Design Studio 5: Ecological Practices

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Course No.: 10221

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Fall

Location: Crosby – 340

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Rajkovich

Since the mid-eighteenth century, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased in the atmosphere due to human activities. These anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have caused an increase in the average air temperature, changed precipitation patterns, increased the duration and intensity of storm events, and promoted sea level rise. While most efforts have focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the warming trend will continue for several centuries even if emissions are stabilized because of the inertia of the global climate system.

Architects and urban planners will need to select effective adaptation strategies to cope with a changing climate. Although the building stock and the urban environment overlaps with energy use, transportation patterns, and public health, most recent assessments of climate change have failed to address the role of buildings and cities in adapting to climate change. This studio will begin to address this issue by focusing on climate change impacts in Buffalo, New York. Architecture students will focus on mitigating impacts to buildings and the built environment while planning students will investigate changes to policy.

This studio coincides with a University at Buffalo research project funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on Building Sector Climate Impacts and Adaptation. Projects developed in this studio may be featured in future symposia and publications.