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Regenerating Sustainability (ABPL90272)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90272
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Sustainable or Green Buildings are centred on creating more efficient buildings rather than aiming for zero or even positive contributions. This subject explores and critiques this efficiency based approach to sustainability and proposes a regenerative, positive and biophilic design framework.

This subject will provide a series of lectures exploring the ideas of biophilia, positive development, regeneration, cradle to cradle, the living building challenge and contributive design. Based on a series of seminars and site visits, documented in student lead weekly reflections, student will apply their learning to an existing project in Melbourne.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To understand the limitation around the current approach to sustainability
  • To understand the concepts of regenerative, biophilic and positive design and development
  • To contrast the certifications tools Green Star, NABERS and the Living Building Challenge
  • To be able to propose contributive solutions to discipline specific problems whether architectural, landscape, planning, social science, engineering, etc.

Generic skills

  • Skills in critiquing sustainabilit;
  • Conceptual understanding of biophilic design, positive development, regenerative design, living building challenge and cradle to cradle;
  • Use of mind mapping, charrettes and backcasting.

Last updated: 23 October 2017