Welcome to Towards A SUSTAINABLE Building Culture - Prospective Strategies and Methodologies in Designing our Built Environment

Description: Sustainability rating systems aiming at balancing the ecological, economical and socio-cultural aspects of our built environment. Whereas criteria for sustainability are widely applied, strategies and methodologies employed still follow classical building design approaches. Although efficiency and consistency strategies have been widely accepted and implemented in design, planning or operation procedures, it has been observed that they lead to rebound effects diminishing the effectiveness of the implemented measures. There is a third strategy, sufficiency, which is less known and not yet, the common basis in building design approaches. While efficiency and consistency strategies mainly rely on technology application, sufficiency rather refers to the right measure and requires involvement of user and societal aspects of the built environment. In order to deploy all three strategies and use their full potential assuming a transdisciplinary perspective and integrating knowledge from different disciplines appears to be necessary.

The overall goal of the PhD course is to unfold various prospective strategies, methodologies and perspectives in designing buildings as well as in research and oppose them to currently prevailing methodologies and approaches applied by designers, building industry and resear­chers. Among others, these prospective strategies are integrated design process thinking as we have been utilising it successfully at Aalborg University’s Architecture and Urban Design section, participatory action in sustainable architecture or human centred approaches to indoor climate. Examples from research and design practice underpin the discussion of the different perspectives.

In addition to the lectures, the course comprises workshops in which the participants are en­couraged to reflect the methodological approaches used in their PhD project with the presen­ted methodologies and strategies. Groups of 2 to 3 participants together analyse their PhD projects’ approaches. In a final presentation, each group presents their analysis.

In order to obtain 2 ECTS in addition to the 3 ECTS for participation, each individual PhD student has the opportunity of handing in a structured essay of about 2000 words that discus­ses the outcome of the analysis in greater detail in relation to the participant’s particular project and with reference to the course presentations and literature.

Prerequisites: Participants’ PhD project should investigate aspects of the built environment
Organizer: Professor Runa T. Hellwig, rthe@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Runa T. Hellwig, Asc. Professor Michael Lauring, Asc. Professor Camilla Brunsgaard, Asc. Professor Isak Worre Foged (all CREATE), External guest lecturer: Dr. Kathryn Janda (University College London)

ECTS: 3 ECTS for participation, +2 ECTS optional written essay assignment

Time: 15-18 October 2019
Place: Aalborg University

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 24 September 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.