Ecologies of Construction OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Course on Industrial Ecology by MIT

Published Jan 10, 2009

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'Ecologies of Construction' is OpenCourseWare that investigates the ecological impact of modern structures and how architects may create sustainable solutions using tools from industrial ecology. This free MIT graduate-level course is intended for students in a Master of Science in Building Technology degree program.

Ecologies of Construction: Course Specifics

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Ecologies of Construction: Course Description

As human resource consumption increases in order to support the needs of industrial and post-industrial societies, architects and other building engineering specialists must adapt their construction methods and lessen their impact on the environment. However, how should architects think about industrial ecology, and what is the best way to measure a building's ecological footprint? This seminar class, taught by Professor John Fernandez, attempts to answer these environmental questions by introducing theories of ecological economics, environmental impact analysis tools and case studies of sustainable cities. Students will learn about industrial ecology's theories and origins, models of resource consumption and various methods of measuring ecological footprints. Throughout the course, guest speakers will offer their viewpoints on green buildings, resource consumption and the interaction between cities and wilderness areas. This OpenCourseWare is part of graduate-level building design degree program.

Materials provided with 'Ecologies of Construction' OpenCourseWare are lecture notes, assignments, biographies and selected readings. If you are interested in learning more about the impact of construction on the environment visit the construction ecologies course page.

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