University of Lugano (Project Leader)
Universities of Applied Sciences of Zurich, Italian-speaking Switzerland
and Eastern Switzerland
University of Applied Sciences in Engineering and Architecture
The Ecology in Architecture Design (EAD) project will be developing
a hybrid course on the integration of ecological aspects in architectural
projects, for both individual buildings and the planning of built environments.
The course is designed for university, FIT and UAS students in architecture
and the engineering sciences. An e-learning environment will give students
more direct experience in case studies (through virtual visits) and, with
the use of simulation software, the opportunity to test the effect of
different architectural choices on the ecological parameters of a building.
The Central Switzerland University of Applied Sciences will be integrating
the EAD project into the activities of the National Network of Excellence
in Construction Technologies and the Brenet renewable energy program (www.brenet.ch).
The modular format of the course plus a considerably reduced frontal teaching
timetable will give students greater flexibility and facilitate the transposition
of chosen modules for further training in architecture and engineering.
This is especially important as the subject was not part of these curricula
a few years ago.