The specific contributions of the different disciplines build the course framework. The design procedure will start from an investigation of the site, that will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Investigations will address the prominent features of the place. In a further step, different student groups will investigate housing as a result of different kinds of intervention : refurbishment, extensions, new buildings. In this phase each discipline will contribute with its theoretical and operational tools to enrich the design procedure. Visiting experts and critics will provide a deeper understanding of the topic, through open lectures and midterm critics. The Building Technology studio will start slightly after the beginning of the course, in order to elaborate from the first steps of the design concept. Engineering Physics will come along the whole design process, supporting the spatial and constructive concept.
Contents: Renewable sources and energy, cogeneration and pipe fluid dynamics, Energy distributions and environmental impact, air conditioning and thermal comfort, introduction to bio architecture.