Introduction to Environmental Design


ENDS 211


Image: Oyster-tecture, SCAPE 2009

ENDS 211 will introduce students to design as a transdisciplinary endeavour with nearly limitless potential to address environmental challenges. The built fabric is the next frontier for addressing global climate change. Creating sustainable buildings, landscapes and cities will require designers who are capable of synthesizing knowledge from multiple domains across scales and contexts. The technical, material, and cultural processes underlying the production of contemporary sustainabile built environments will be examined. Readings, design assignments and student presentations will supplement course lectures. The course will include a collaborative term project in which teams of students will research and propose a sustainable intervention sited at a contemporary urban space in Vancouver. By the end of the course, students will be able to design environments that address critical social, cultural and environmental challenges.

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Note this course was formerly taught under the title of ENDS 221: Sustainability by Design