Description: Buildings account for approximately 40 % of the global energy use. On top of that their urban organization highly influences the amount of fuel used for transportation. Buildings are structures that are expected to last for many decades. Thus the buildings presently constructed will have to function also in a carbon dioxide-neutral future.
Sustainable building principles and approaches should aim to bring down the use of fossil fuels and reduce the emission of carbon dioxides, and should aim to relate to and benefit from sun and wind, climate and topography. Thus, sustainable architecture has a lot to do with building physics. These can be measured and calculated, and the technical aspects of sustainable architecture are therefore easy to acknowledge though hard to handle.
Sustainable development also has to do with creating good life conditions for human beings. This aspect is harder to define but cannot be ignored as it is a crucial part of sustainable settlement. Sustainable architecture is about designing new urban buildings where ideals of respect for nature, moderation and reflection have to go hand in hand with human urge for material comfort, desire, experience, wellbeing and richness of life. Sustainable architecture furthermore requires inter-disciplinary collaboration at every stage in the building process opposed to the current methodology applied by the majority of the building industry.
The duality calls for an answer: The days of uncritical material expansion and abundance may be over but we still urge for a good and rich life: How is this expressed in place, space, materials, architecture?
The course focuses on:  New technical demands and low energy-standards. Integrated design processes that can unite technical, functional and aesthetic concerns through design and construction. Research and architectural positions in the field of sustainable architecture.
The course objective is to provide an overview of demands, methodologies and positions in the field of current sustainable architecture in a European cultural and climatic context.
The PhD student is required to write a three-page (max. 2400 characters with spaces per page) paper with references to the course presentations and literature. It is a precondition for receiving credits for the course.

Organizer: Michael Lauring,

Lecturers: Michael Lauring


Time: 18-19 November, 2014

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 28 October, 2014