GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Holly Samuelson

06470: Energy Simulation in Design (SCI 0647000)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Holly Samuelson

Course Description

The best intent does not always lead to the best performing design, as intuition and rules of thumb sometimes fail to adequately inform decision making. Therefore, designers of high-performance architecture increasingly turn to analytical tools to eliminate some of the guesswork. This course explores the use of computerized energy simulation in pursuit of high-performance design.

The American Institute of Architects encourages designers to embrace energy simulation starting early in the project. In this course, students will learn to meet that challenge and strive beyond the "pretty graph" phase in a path towards producing meaningful and timely results that add value to the early-design process. Both studio-based and research-based students are encouraged to participate.

Learning Objectives:
Students acquire skills in energy simulation and, using these skills, explore fundamental design issues such as building massing, natural ventilation, envelope construction, and daylighting. The course presents the benefits as well as the limitations of energy simulation. Topics include fundamentals such as modeling strategies, underlying physical principles, understanding assumptions, and interpreting results with an emphasis on developing the ability to translate the analysis into design decisions. Through practice with the software tools, students develop a better understanding of physics in architecture and hone their own design intuition.

At the end of the course students will...
- be able to perform whole-building energy simulation to support the schematic design process
- understand how to interpret simulation results and be able to engage more effectively with energy consultants
- have increased their understanding of high-performance design strategies

Class Format:
The class format consists of lectures, in-class exercises, group discussions, and student presentations. Students learn simulation tools through a series of short tutorials and assignments. They ultimately apply the knowledge in small-group design projects.

Software:
Students will learn to use the DesignBuilder interface for the EnergyPlus energy modeling engine. However, students will find the concepts learned applicable to energy simulation in general.

Prerequisite
1. GSD 06125 or 06250 Environmental Technologies in Buildings, or equivalent
2. a laptop capable of running graphics software for PCs
 


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06479 [M1]: Daylighting (SCI 0647900)

Architecture
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Monday Friday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Holly Samuelson

Course Description

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. -Le Corbusier

Course Description
Picture a space, one that feels vibrant, comfortable, warm, and healthy. Now visualize someplace cheerless, depressing, and dull. What changed in your mind's eye? Most likely, lighting --specifically natural lighting-- played a significant role. Yet, none of these terms explicitly relate to light or darkness. Behold the emotive power of daylighting. In addition to enlivening a space, daylight can connect us to nature, mark the passage of time, maintain circadian rhythms, and save energy. Conversely, it can lead to overheating, visual discomfort, and wasted energy.

This course explores the theme of daylighting in architecture. Because daylight design can be an unintuitive process, and because today's computerized tools offer designers a powerful tool for evaluating their ideas, this course includes a detailed focus on daylight simulation. Other topics include, design precedents, rules of thumb, and shading strategies, as well as the fundamentals of light, sun position, solar heat gain, and glare. Both studio-based and research-based students are encouraged to participate.

Learning Objectives
In this course students will...
- explore how light shapes architecture
- perform computerized daylight simulation to aid the design process
- learn to accurately visualize the play of daylight in their designs
- understand and apply the metrics used to evaluate daylight performance
- hone their design intuition with regard to natural light and shading design

Class Format
The class format includes lectures, in-class exercises, group discussions, and student presentations. Assignments consist of a series of short software tutorials, a design project, and ultimately a small-group design or research project.

Software
Students will learn to use the DIVA 2.0 daylighting plug-in for the Rhino 3D modeling program. However, students will find the concepts applicable to daylight simulation in general.

Prerequisite
1. GSD 06125 or 06250 Environmental Technologies in Buildings, or equivalent
2. a laptop running Rhino V4.0 Service Release 9 or higher (available on the GSD network)
3. Familiarity with Rhino, such as the completion of beginner tutorials, will be helpful.


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Instructor(s)
Iñaki Abalos, Frank Apeseche, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Joan Busquets, Jana Cephas, Ed Eigen, Rosetta Elkin, Andreas Georgoulias, Michael Hooper, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Alex Krieger, Judith Grant Long, Yanni Loukissas, David Mah, Rahul Mehrotra, Panagiotis Michalatos, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Jorge Silvetti, Christine Smith, Maryann Thompson, Raymond Torto, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Diane Davis, Eric Howeler, Neil Brenner

Course Description

Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Silvia Benedito, Neil Brenner, Timothy Hyde, Hanif Kara, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Ali Malkawi, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Richard Peiser, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Charles Waldheim, Andrew Witt, Leire Asensio Villoria, Ed Eigen

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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