Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. ABA002 overlaps following cours/es: ABA001 and TNA016. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Laura Liuke, and Erik Johansson,, Housing Development and Management. Prerequisites: Bachelor degree or three years of approved full time studies at university level in architecture, landscape architecture, physical planning, civil engineering, land surveying, or the equivalent. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses in town planning or similar. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Requirements for pass: at least 80% attendance at lectures and supervised exercises and satisfactory completion of assignments. Further information: The course will be held with the minimum of 10 students. Home page:

The aim of the course is to deepen the students’ understanding of how the design of the built environment influences the climatic quality of the environment and its sustainable development. The course aims to develop the ability to carry out projects, in a critical, independent and creative manner and using adequate architectural method and synthesis that promote sustainable urban development within a given framework both in Sweden and abroad. The focus of the course is on the design of a small housing area considering microclimate and aspects of sustainability.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course deals both with the relationship between the built environment and microclimate and sustainable urban design.

The course gives an insight on how the built environment affects thermal comfort in the urban environment taking both Swedish and international conditions into account. In this part of the course the following aspects are included:

Moreover, the course deals with sustainable development with emphasis on urban areas taking especially environmental and energy efficiency aspects into account. In this part of the course the following aspects are included:

The course structure consists of a theoretical part with lectures that are given parallel to exercises. Two major exercises are included. The first one aims at analyzing an existing housing area from microclimate and sustainability points of view. The second consists of an urban design of new development where microclimate as well as sustainability aspects are considered.

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BRE: Climate and site development. Part 3: Improving microclimate through design. Building Research Establishment 1990. ISBN: 0-85125-430-6
Emmanuel, M R: An Urban Approach to Climate-Sensitive Design. Spon Press 2005. ISBN: 0-415-33410-1
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Givoni, B: Climate Considerations in Building and Urban Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold 1998. ISBN: 0-442-00991-7
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Johansson, E: Course compendium in Urban climate & sustainable development of the built environment. Housing Development & Management, Lund University 2006.
Johansson, E: Urban Design and Outdoor Thermal Comfort in Warm Climates, Studies in Fez and Colombo. Housing Development & Management, Lund University 2006. ISBN: 91-87866-27-7
Rosenlund, H: Climatic design of buildings using passive techniques, Building issues 10:1. Housing Development & Management, Lund University 2000. ISSN: 1100-9446
Svensson, M, Eliasson, I: Grönstrukturens betydelse för stadens ventilation. Rapport 4779. Naturvårdsverket 1997. ISBN: 91-620-4779-5