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Design for climate resilience

02VNEPX

A.A. 2022/23

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 15
Esercitazioni in aula 15
Tutoraggio 17,5
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Giordano Roberto
Design for climate resilience (Architectural technology)
Professore Associato ICAR/12 15 15 0 0 2
Boano Fulvio
Design for climate resilience (Water engineering)
Professore Associato ICAR/01 15 15 0 0 2
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
2022/23
The Design for Climate Resilience seminar is an interdisciplinary learning experience that tackles the causes and effects of climate change in different environmental and social scenarios, with a special focus on strategies, technologies and tools at the urban and building scale. The seminar includes two disciplinary contributes that are integrated with the lectures. The contribution of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Hydraulic Constructions provides the fundamentals of climatology and shows the origin and characteristics of natural and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Large-scale implications (e.g. rising sea levels, extreme weather events) are also presented, and issues related to water management – rainwater, stormwater, run-off water, wastewater - in urban areas will be studied. The Architectural Technology lectures intend to: explore some climate change effects related to the urban environment; describe different strategies and solutions concerning urban sites, which include open spaces and constructions; explain some methods and tools for the greenhouse effect quantification and mitigation. The seminar focuses on Nature-Based Solutions, green technologies enhancing the properties of plant species and enabling to mitigate some climate change effects, especially in anthropic habitats, such as those of contemporary cities. The seminar features theoretical lectures, presentations by experts and direct students participation in both practical and theoretical activities.
The Design for Climate Resilience seminar is an interdisciplinary learning experience that tackles the causes and effects of climate change in different environmental and social scenarios, with a special focus on strategies, technologies and tools at the urban and building scale. The seminar includes two disciplinary contributions that are integrated with the lectures. The contribution of Water Engineering provides the fundamentals of climatology and shows the origin and characteristics of natural and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Large-scale implications (e.g. rising sea levels, extreme weather events) are also presented, and issues related to water management – rainwater, stormwater, run-off water, wastewater - in urban areas will be studied. The Architectural Technology lectures intend to: explore some climate change effects related to the urban environment; describe different strategies and solutions concerning urban sites, which include open spaces and constructions; explain some methods and tools for the greenhouse effect quantification and mitigation. The seminar focuses on Nature-Based Solutions, green technologies enhancing the properties of plant species and enabling to mitigate of some climate change effects, especially in anthropic habitats, such as those of contemporary cities. The seminar features theoretical lectures, presentations by experts and direct students' participation in both practical and theoretical activities.
The seminar aims at a transfer of knowledge focused on: - Understanding the contemporary challenges related to the design and planning of urban spaces in relation to climate change. - Using advanced environmental design methodologies related to water management and Urban Heat Island mitigation. - Using indicators to assess the greenhouse effects, according to guidelines, regulations and technical standards. Students will be able to enhance their skills through exercises, tests and role-plays. The attention given to the relationship between theories and the reference urban framework will make it possible to use strategies, methodologies and tools in subsequent academic experiences, especially the project-based ones.
The seminar aims at a transfer of knowledge focused on: - Understanding the contemporary challenges related to the design and planning of urban spaces about climate change. - Using advanced environmental design methodologies related to water management and Urban Heat Island mitigation. - Using indicators to assess the greenhouse effects, according to guidelines, regulations and technical standards. Students will be able to enhance their skills through exercises, tests and role-plays. The attention given to the relationship between theories and the reference urban framework will make it possible to use strategies, methodologies and tools in subsequent academic experiences, especially the project-based ones.
The student must have an appropriate personal background and knowledge deriving from the exams in architectural technology, materials science and building physics as foreseen in the Bachelor Degree Courses in Architecture. Basic knowledge of ecology is to be considered useful for the lectures attending. The following requirements will be considered: - Ability to analyse the man-made spaces (avenues, streets, squares, etc.) - Ability to analyse the building systems (with particular reference to building skin solutions) - Ability to design the built environment according to the basic principles of bioclimatic and environmental design - Ability to use the representation and communication tools, including multimedia, to describe problems or problems requiring a multidisciplinary approach; - Ability to understand and use thermodynamic parameters; - Ability to understand and express oneself in a proper way, according to the disciplines involved.
The student must have an appropriate personal background and knowledge deriving from the exams in architectural technology, materials science and building physics as foreseen in the Bachelor's Degree Courses in Architecture. Basic knowledge of ecology is to be considered useful for the lectures attending. The following requirements will be considered: - Ability to analyse the man-made spaces (avenues, streets, squares, etc.) - Ability to analyse the building systems (with particular reference to building skin solutions) - Ability to design the built environment according to the basic principles of bioclimatic and environmental design - Ability to use the representation and communication tools, including multimedia, to describe problems or problems requiring a multidisciplinary approach; - Ability to understand and use thermodynamic parameters; - Ability to understand and express oneself properly, according to the disciplines involved.
The seminar is organised in the following thematic modules. Each module is organised both through lectures and through academic activities aimed at maximising the student’s engagement. M1. Greenhouse effect and climate changes (2 CFU) The first module aims to introduce the climate system, the carbon cycle and the mechanisms that control Earth's temperature. Within this section, the most relevant facts and figures will be introduced concerning the carbon dioxide emissions in the past and in present days, and their spatial distribution for different countries; the expected impact of climate change on temperature and water resources; the role played by some sectors (e.g., the construction sector); demographic changes and stresses on urban areas. Finally, this part of the seminar will be the opportunity to know the main global commitments assumed at a worldwide level: e.g. from the Kyoto Protocol (1997) to the Paris Agreement (COP 25, 2017). M 2. Urban Climates and Climate Change (2 CFU) The second module is devoted to exploring some urban effects related to climate changes. During the lectures the main urban physical parameters will be studied, afterwards, the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the extreme weather events will be analysed, focusing on floods in cities. This section also includes lectures about general strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change at urban and building scale and shows some climate change agendas provided at urban and building scale. M 3. Nature-Based Solutions for the built environment (2 CFU) The third module explores the application of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) as technology and strategy to tackle the climate changes of the built environment. A specific focus is the use of NBS for dealing with some environmental features, such as rainwater management, that are particularly impacted by expected climatic and demographic trends. Further benefits referred to the social dimensions and the people wellbeing are highlighted. The module finally shows the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) typologies with regards to their use (e.g. NBS fit for the urban planning and NBS to be used in buildings).
The seminar is organised in the following thematic modules. Each module is organised both through lectures and through academic activities aimed at maximising the student’s engagement. M1. Greenhouse effect and climate changes (2 CFU) The first module aims to introduce the climate system, the carbon cycle and the mechanisms that control Earth's temperature. Within this section, the most relevant facts and figures will be introduced concerning the carbon dioxide emissions in the past and present days, their spatial distribution for different countries; the expected impact of climate change on temperature and water resources; the role played by some sectors (e.g., the construction sector); demographic changes and stresses on urban areas. Finally, this part of the seminar will be the opportunity to know the main global commitments assumed at a worldwide level: e.g. from the Kyoto Protocol (1997) to the Glasgow Conference of Parties (COP), passing through the Paris Agreement (COP 25, 2017). M 2. Urban Climates and Climate Change (2 CFU) The second module is devoted to exploring some urban effects related to climate change. During the lectures the main urban physical parameters will be studied, afterwards, the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the extreme weather events will be analysed, focusing on floods in cities. This section also includes lectures about general strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change at the urban and building scales and shows some climate change agendas. M 3. Nature-Based Solutions for the built environment (2 CFU) The third module explores the application of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) as technology and strategy to tackle the climate changes in the built environment. A specific focus is the use of NBS for dealing with some environmental features, such as rainwater management, that are particularly impacted by expected climatic and demographic trends. Further benefits referred to the social dimensions and the people's well-being are highlighted. The module finally shows the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) typologies with regards to their use (e.g. NBS fit for the urban planning and NBS to be used in buildings).
The seminar includes theoretical lectures as well as application and design exercises. The lectures (30 hours) are organised according to the described modules in the programme and may be carried out by individual lectures or jointly, depending on the specific topics dealt with. The class activity is organised by combining the lectures with external communications and the sharing of videos, interviews and other documents, to foster the students' active participation. The presentations made during the lessons will be made available on the Polito web portal. For each of the modules, the course includes practical activities (30 hours) which, depending on the number of students, may be carried out in groups of 3 to 6 people. The exercises outcomes will be collected in a report that will be submitted via the Polito web portal before the end of the seminar. The report assessment will contribute to the final grade along with a poster aimed at summarising the strategies and solutions developed by the groups.
The seminar includes theoretical lectures as well as application and design exercises. The lectures (30 hours) are organised according to the described modules in the programme and may be carried out by individual lectures or jointly, depending on the specific topics dealt with. The class activity is organised by combining the lectures with external communications and the sharing of videos, interviews and other documents, to foster the students' active participation. The presentations made during the lessons will be made available on the Polito web portal. For each of the modules, the course includes practical activities (30 hours) which, depending on the number of students, may be carried out in groups of 3 to 6 people. The exercise outcomes will be collected in a report that will be submitted via the Polito web portal before the end of the seminar. The report assessment will contribute to the final grade along with a poster aimed at summarising the strategies and solutions developed by the groups.
The presentations provided during the lectures will be available regularly on the Polito web portal and will constitute a fundamental part of the exam preparation. The recommended texts are listed below: • Gartland, L. (2008). Heat Islands: Understanding and Mitigating Heat in Urban Areas. United Kingdom: Earthscan. • Dunnett N., Kingsbury N. (2005). Planting Green Roof and Living Walla. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press • Watson D., Adams M. (2011). Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken. Insights: • Managing Urban Runoff – Drainage Handbook 1st Edition: June 2013. PUB, the national water agency woods-Ballard, B., Kellagher, R., Martin, P., Jefferies, C., Bray, R., Shaffer, P. (2007) The Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) Manual, CIRIA, London
The presentations provided during the lectures will be available regularly on the Polito web portal and will constitute a fundamental part of the exam preparation. The recommended texts are listed below: • Gartland, L. (2008). Heat Islands: Understanding and Mitigating Heat in Urban Areas. United Kingdom: Earthscan. • Dunnett N., Kingsbury N. (2005). Planting Green Roof and Living Walla. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press • Watson D., Adams M. (2011). Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken. Insights: • Managing Urban Runoff – Drainage Handbook 1st Edition: June 2013. PUB, the national water agency woods-Ballard, B., Kellagher, R., Martin, P., Jefferies, C., Bray, R., Shaffer, P. (2007) The Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) Manual, CIRIA, London
Modalità di esame: Prova orale obbligatoria; Elaborato grafico prodotto in gruppo; Elaborato scritto individuale;
Exam: Compulsory oral exam; Group graphic design project; Individual essay;
Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilità o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'Unità Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione più idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.
Exam: Compulsory oral exam; Group graphic design project; Individual essay;
The student's achievements and knowledge are assessed according to the following criteria: - Level online participation: 10% - Activities carried out during the term (exercises and report): 40% - Final examination: 50% Concerning the participation, critical interest and active involvement in the topics dealt with in the lectures and exercises are assessed. The students submit the report with the exercise outcomes in .pdf format through the Polito portal following the deadlines given during the course. For the report assigned to groups, an assessment is made with a score of up to 15 points. Each student must take an oral examination on the topics presented in the seminar. The examination time is estimated between 15 and 20 minutes. The oral examination is marked up to 15 points. In the case of excellence, an additional point may be awarded for the oral test
In addition to the message sent by the online system, students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are invited to directly inform the professor in charge of the course about the special arrangements for the exam that have been agreed with the Special Needs Unit. The professor has to be informed at least one week before the beginning of the examination session in order to provide students with the most suitable arrangements for each specific type of exam.
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