GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:55:41.
Courses taught by Holly Samuelson
05370: Environment, Economics, and Enterprise (SES 0537000)
Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 11:30 - 2:00 Gund 505
How can one optimize the benefits of environmental sustainability while generating a higher return on investment in buildings? Where are the opportunities for real estate initiatives that are highly functional, healthy, aesthetically pleasing and financially rewarding? The challenge to designers, developers, environmental consultants, policy-makers and other professionals lies in finding and communicating these synergies. This cross-disciplinary course will give students an approach to problem solving to help them contribute to thoughtful, high-impact decisions about design and construction that are both environmentally/socially impactful and economically effective.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- identify sustainability opportunities for their projects. Identify sustainable/economic win-win solutions
- translate enhanced design into a project 's financial pro forma, and communicate the financial impact clearly to market makers
- complete accurate cost benefit economic analysis, with realistic assumptions on ability to finance and ability (if any) to obtain premium value on exit
- analyze market demand for projects with and without enhanced sustainability design
- think about how to finance their projects and where to go for capital
- explain their ideas in the language of decision-makers, from community groups to financial investors
Students from all GSD disciplines are encouraged to participate.
06125: Environmental Systems in Architecture (SCI 0612500)
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 10:00 - 11:30 Gund 111
Friday 10:30 - 12:00 Gund 111
The primary focus of GSD 6125 is the study of ecological considerations in architectural design. These considerations include the thermal, luminous, and acoustic behavior of buildings. 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 are challenged to apply these techniques and explore the role energy, light, sound, water, and materials can play in shaping architecture.
Students gain a better understanding of global resource issues and the role of buildings within this context. The course also presents the principles of heat flow in and around buildings. Basic manual and computer-based methods to predict the energy use of buildings are discussed. In addition, the course introduces the art and science of lighting buildings along with manual and computer-based methods for analyzing daylight design. Finally, the instructor touches upon a number of technologies and ecological concepts including natural ventilation, life cycle assessment, water management as well as conventional and emerging HVAC systems. The course includes a field trip to an exemplary building in the Boston area.
The course format consists of biweekly lectures and periodic workshops. Individual and group assignments as well as in-class presentations help students to study the contemporary use of environmental technologies in buildings.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Leire Asensio Villoria, Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, K. Michael Hays, Timothy Hyde, Hanif Kara, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Ali Malkawi, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Charles Waldheim, Andrew Witt, Ed Eigen
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.