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Thinking hands: A hands-on, pedagogical living lab approach to green building methods in hot arid regions
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7754-0927
Department of Architectural Engineering, British University, Egypt.
Department of Architectural Engineering, British University, Egypt.
2017 (English)In: PLEA 2017 PROCEEDINGS, NCEUB , 2017, p. 2243-2251Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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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NCEUB , 2017. p. 2243-2251
Keywords [en]
Learning by doing, action research, living lab, arid climate, low impact design
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10860Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85085939509Local ID: 24146ISBN: 978-0-9928957-5-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-10860DiVA, id: diva2:1407903
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33rd PLEA International Conference - Passive and Low Energy Architecture : Design to Thrive - PLEA2017, Edinburgh, Scotland (3-5 July 2017)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2024-01-09Bibliographically approved

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