ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN EXAMPLES

Environmental Design Examples

Samples of students’ works

Inside the construction process, Programming is the phase where to define project’s goals, users’ requirements and to select the most appropriate solution according with available resources, constraints, opportunities and risks. The cognitive framework that results and which inform the design program comes from two areas of inquiry: the Customers’ needs and the Environment as the context of intervention.

According to the teaching philosophy the definition of these two areas (Space program and Environmental Report) and the selection of the solution between different possible alternatives (Optioneering) are realized through a clear formalization / communication of the decisional processes, objectification of the variables considered and the results obtained during the whole process. In this sense, the exercise employs computational procedures to extract and quantify the “data” of the phenomena to be treated; to calculate and compare values; to visualize / materialize results.

The examples illustrate some of the techniques most specifically addressed to environmental aspects, including:

  • program and activities break down
  • Standard Universal Thermal Climate Index
  • Adaptive Users comfort using Pshychrimetric chart
  • Functional space syntax and thermal blocks clustering
  • Place inventory and Overlayering
  • Terrain profiling and modeling
  • Viewshed
  • SWOT
  • UEI benchmarking.

The aim of the exercise is to develop awareness of the influence of the architectural morphology on energy performance and environmental quality. In this sense the different design alternatives have been developed at the conceptual mass level (LOD 200) excluding any changes in the basic technological configurations suggested by the regulations for the architectural envelope and the HVAC system.

CLIMATE REPORT,  PLACE INVENTORY & PROGRAM

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ENVIRONMENTAL MASS OPTIONEERING 

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