This CPD aims:
- To state course requirements and to begin our exploration of sustainability and design.
- To give you new thinking tools for understanding long-term, dynamic, complex systems and how this understanding can help sustainable design.
- To introduce you to the ideas of design patterns and pattern languages; to explore how pattern languages could be used to network design professionals in common efforts across geographic scales; to explore the geometry of sustainable, natural, living systems.
- To increase the skill with which you bring collaboration and integrated-design processes into your work.
- To increase your ability to incorporate services provided by nature when designing and engineering. To increase your ability to design and engineer for the efficient provision of desired services; to increase your familiarity with the scope and scale of the climate-change problem; and to increase
your understanding of the effectiveness of strategies to address this problem.
- To provide thinking tools to help you assess the life cycles of materials and products, and their use in the built environment.
- To provide you with opportunities to make up for shortfalls in previous assignments.
- To invite you to integrate ideas from the course into a real-world setting.
- To provide students with ideas and perspectives for thinking about environmental sustainability.
- To provide a better understanding of some key environmental issues related to design and construction.