GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Holly Samuelson

06125: Environmental Technologies in Buildings (SCI 0612500)

Lecture - 4 credits
Friday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 111
Monday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund - Piper

Holly Samuelson

Course Description

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.


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Research Seminar - 8 credits

Allen Sayegh, Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt

Course Description

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.

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