Course syllabus

Internationellt hållbart byggande
International Sustainable Development in Built Environment

ABA600, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 4
Date of Decision: 2012-02-14

General Information

Elective for: IBYA3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish

Aim

The aim of the course is to give an orientation on sustainable development with a focus on the built environment in an international perspective.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

in writing and with references to the course literature, be able to:

describe the main features of urbanization in an international perspective

describe challenges for a sustainable, urban development

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

in writing and with references to the course literature, be able to carry out a broad analysis of a housing area on themes related to sustainable development of the built environment

in writing and with references to the course literature be able to make a general analysis of a housing area on themes related to sustainable development of the built environment

in drawings and with references to the course literature be able to design a building and part of a housing area on themes related to sustainable development of the built environment

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

show an interest to discuss the built environment from the perspective of sustainable development

be willing to try out new methods in their continued studies

Contents

The course gives an insight on sustainable development of the built environment from an international perspective with a focus on low-income groups. The course contains both literature studies and a design proposal of a building and part of a housing area.

The course provides an introduction to the global goals and strategies for a sustainable development of the built environment, based on UN documents. Concepts of Urbanization, urban growth, and the distribution of the urban population in different regions of the world will be introduced. The course focuses on themes of sustainable development of the built environment related to social, environmental and economic aspects.

The course aims to analyze and interpret the design of housing and public space related to themes of sustainable development of the built environment. The following themes are included: use of public space, physical planning, energy consumption and passive climatization of buildings and urban space, slum upgrading, finance for low-income housing and organized self-help housing.

Examples include projects, case-studies and research from Algeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Philippines Sri Lanka, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: For approval of the course a minimum of 80% attendance is demanded at lectures, seminars and workshops. The student must hand in the assignments for approval and write a paper for approval.

Admission

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 10.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Johnny Åstrand, johnny.astrand@hdm.lth.se
Course homepage: http://www.hdm.lth.se
Further information: The course will be held with a minimum of ten students.