iCAD- Environmental Design  @ Scuola di Architettura – Università degli Studi di Firenze | AA 2019-20

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27 March_ 
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24 March_ 
On line Credit review at 14:45. An Invitation will be provided  at 14:30.
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10 March_ CLASS
This lesson   will  held in streaming at 13:45 10 March 2020. 
Invitation from 13:45 by email  
To Join the Classroom use Meet from Google Suite and Chrome or Firefox as a browser.
A video tutorial on Meet is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcv44DzPkyw



• Welcome to Mailab    
Considering this website contains some restricted areas (including the present class course page) students are required to subscribe through  the login button. After two weeks this page will  not anymore accessible without credentials. Students  who are already members of Mailab do not have to register .

For this unit students are required to read:
1– the SYLLABUS and the Class SCHEDULE located in the side sections.
2 – the following selected reading in order to acquire  theoretical foundations:
      • G. Ridolfi, A. Saberi, Computational Intelligences in the Post Environmental Design. Examples from Mailab  [LINK] [ALT LINK]
       • G. Ridolfi, A. Saberi, Learning Design through Designerly Thinking. [LINK] [ALT.LINK] [VIDEO]
       • G.Ridolfi, Digital Technology for Architectural Fabrication [LINK] [ALT.LINK]
Students are also required to  have a look the four textbooks downloadable from the section TEXTBOOKS



Credit #05. Model Fabrication

Final Presentation

Credit #04. Conceptual Design & Architectural Envelope Definition

Schematic Design

Credit #03.  Mass & Lay-out Optioneering

Project Optioneering

Credito#02 Place Assessment & Design Strategies

Designing in the Place

Credito#01 Project Briefing: Conceptual Design on Environmental Report

Project Briefing

• Textbooks. A selection of the main founding resources for Environmental Design class



Readinge #00 –  Digital Technology for Architectural Fabrication [LINK] [alt.link]

Lecture #01 – BRIEFING. Conceptual Design on Environmental Report LINK

Lecture #02_Environmental Mass Optioneering in the Early Stage Design  LINK

Lecture #03_Adaptive architectures  LINK

Lecture #04_Modeling wind and ventilation for human comfort  LINK



The Building Envelope LINK

Assembling and joining structures _LINK


Climate Consultant.  Free, easy-to-use, graphic-based computer program that displays climate data in dozens of ways useful to architects, builders, contractors, and homeowners, including temperatures, humidity, wind velocity, sky cover, and solar radiation in both 2-D and 3-D graphics for every hour of the year in either Metric or Imperial units. Climate Consultant 6.0 also plots sun dials and sun shading charts overlaid with the hours when solar heating is needed or when shading is required. The psychrometric chart analysis shows the most appropriate passive design strategies in each climate, while the new wind wheel integrates wind velocity and direction data with concurrent temperatures and humidities and can be animated hourly, daily, or monthly.atches to analyze climate data, sun geometry, winds and human comfort

How to install LadyBug & HoneyBee. List of links addressing guides and video tutorials explaining how to install LadyBug and Honeybee libraries on Grasshopper

Environmental design Resources.  Examples, references and Grasshopper patches  to analyze climate, human comfort, and to run mass energy simulation and daylight.

Daylight Simulation with HoneyBee. Patches and  links to run daylight simulation

Assignment Examples Lab Ambientale 2017-18. Students’ examples about Climate report, Place inventory, Space Program, and Environmental Mass Optioneering

Assignment Examples Environmental Design 2016-17 Environmental201 Students’ examples about Weather report,  Site Examples, Demolition & Excavation, Foundation

Other publications. Resources collected in «Smart & Green for Responsive Architecture» Issue stack.

• Pinterest.  Pins on different matter organized in Pinterest

Previous students’ works. A slide show of some examples.