Thinking hands : A hands-on, pedagogical living lab approach to green building methods in hot arid regions

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Title Thinking hands : A hands-on, pedagogical living lab approach to green building methods in hot arid regions
Author Dabaieh, Marwa ; El Mahdy, Deena ; Maguid, Dalya
Editor Brotas, Luisa ; Roaf, Susan ; Fergus, Nicol
Date 2017
English abstract
Sustainability and environmental illiteracy is still common in architectural curricula. This may lead to further generations of architects who are unequipped for global sustainability goals. This paper discusses a living lab teaching experience which investigates the roles of learning by doing and hands-on building experimentation to root an understanding of sustainability in architectural education. The design studio focused on passive, low-cost and energy-efficient approaches suitable for a hot arid climate. The students were asked to design a refugee shelter prototype that is cost- and time-efficient with the least impact on the environment after demolition. The course teaching process also included invited guest speakers, field trips and a practical hands-on workshop for low-tech building techniques – all that can serve as a foundation for designing and building a full-scale physical model of their refugee shelter proposal. Thermal comfort and energy consumption for the design proposal was evaluated by simulation, and the physical implementation was evaluated by field monitoring. This paper outlines the design studio pedagogical experimental process and the resulting students’ projects. It will also show the various skills the students had acquired and present how this type of pedagogy could be viewed as a pilot model for green architecture education.
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33rd PLEA International Conference - Passive and Low Energy Architecture : Design to Thrive - PLEA2017 (3-5 July 2017 : Edinburgh, Scotland)
Link https://plea2017.net/wp-content/themes/plea2017/docs/R_PLEA2017_proceedings_volume_II.pdf .Icon
Publisher NCEUB
Host/Issue Design to Thrive : Proceedings;2
ISBN 978-0-9928957-5-4
Language eng (iso)
Subject Learning by doing
action research
living lab
arid climate
low impact design
Technology
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24146 Permalink to this page
Link https://plea2017.net/edinburgh-tour/... (external link to related web page)
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