GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:53:34.
Courses taught by Kiel Moe
06125: Environmental Technologies in Buildings (SCI 0612500)
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Gund - Piper
Friday 11:00 - 1:00 Gund 517
The primary focus of this course is the study of the thermal, luminous and acoustic behavior of buildings in an architectural context. The course examines the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introduces students to a range of technologies and analysis techniques for designing comfortable indoor environments. Students will be challenged to apply these techniques and explore the role light, energy and sound can play in shaping architecture.
Following a brief review of how to analyze a site's climate and local energy mix, the first part of the course is dedicated to the principles of heat storage and heat flow in and around buildings. Basic manual and computer-based methods to predict the energy use of buildings will also be discussed.
The second part of the course introduces the art and science of lighting buildings along with manual and computer-based methods for analyzing daylight within and around buildings.
Following a brief introduction to building acoustics, the last part of the course will touch upon a number of technologies and climatization concepts including natural ventilation, life cycle assessment as well as conventional and emerging HAVC systems. The course will end with a trip to exemplary buildings in the Boston area.
The course format consists of biweekly lectures and occasional workshops. Individual and group assignments as well as in-class presentations will help students to study the contemporary use of environmental technologies in buildings.
The course format will consist of a series of lectures that are accompanied by software tutorials. A number of individual and group assignments, in class presentations and quizzes will help students to absorb the topics covered in class.
Two sections will take place on Friday. The Lecture takes place on Monday.
This course, 6125, was previously offered as 6205.
06430: Forms of Energy (SCI 0643000)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 20 Sumner 1C
Few words can transform the formation of architecture in this century more than a deep and pervasive recognition that matter is but an expression of captured energy. Material practices are a subset of energy practices. This seminar tables the theories, techniques and technologies of capture and channel compositional strategies that shape the formation of energy in architecture and related disciplines.
This design research seminar is focused on the assemblage of bodies, energy, and matter; where the disciplinary concerns of environments and the energetic basis of reality coincide. In this course, each student will complete a design research project focusing on a form of energy: they will begin with a basic, quantitative form of energy (radiant transfer, specific heat, diffusivity, embodied energy, etc.) as the primary basis for design research and methods that engender more architecturally rich, systemically innovative, and ecological sane forms and milieus. These basic parameters of building physics will be rigorously documented as a scientific phenomenon, described specifically in relation to the thermo-physiological space of the human body and its metabolism, articulated as a history of practice, and projected as an extensive system of built environments in order to develop "new" (actually, latent) formations of energy in architecture. A primary aim of the design research is to pursue systemic, technical innovation and formal ambition with equal rigor. It is also available to landscape architecture students interested in analogous larger scale forms of energy. The seminar will question the roles of science, form, systems, phenomena, physiology, matter and buildings. This requires new habits of mind regarding energy. As such, readings, examples, and discussions from theories of art, technology, energy, matter, economics, and physiology will augment the design research as the concept and role of energy in architecture is situated for designers in this century.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Andreas Georgoulias, K. Michael Hays, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Mohsen Mostafavi, Richard Peiser, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, Allen Sayegh, Panagiotis Michalatos
A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.