I developed and taught this course with the assistance of Kyle Sturgeon, and TA's Craig Souza and Caleb Burrington. The full course content may be found on the Section Cut Platform here.
This course dwells upon the dynamic, energetic phenomena on Earth, and their impacts on how humans conceive and construct buildings and cities. Solar energy drives terrestrial, geology, hydrology, ecology, and, increasingly erratic climatic systems. Beginning with introductions to basic phenomena such as daylighting, thermal comfort, and resilience to extreme weather, students will learn how such phenomena are intimately tied to architectural construction at multiple physical and temporal scales.
In the first half of the course, a research project on world cities will allow students the opportunity to develop representations of non-visible phenomena, as well as research prototypical methods of human climate adaptation specific to their locale. In the second half of the course, students will develop a diagrammatic architectural form for post-environmental disaster multi-family housing in response to various energy systems, making use of various digital tools.
Throughout the course emphasis will be placed on ‘passive,’ or non-electro/mechanical methods for adapting buildings and cities to local (and increasingly variable / warming) climatic conditions. By the end of this course students should be familiar with a series of workflow methods for researching, analyzing, and optimizing architectural and urban form through the lens of energetic systems, and understand the underlying concepts so as to make informed design decisions using various data sources.