Five universities are working on a joint project aimed at improving how sustainable architecture is taught. The title is ARCH4CHANGE.
Something needs to happen – that much is clear. In politics, in our culture and also: In architecture and the way it is taught today across the globe.
Climate change affects us more every day and demands more of us. In light of this naked fact, five universities have joined forces to help develop a new education platform for sustainable architecture everywhere.
Strengths and weaknesses
The ARCH4CHANGE project aims at providing an open-source platform where teachers and students of architecture can go to find inspiration and knowledge about sustainable architecture.
”We have trawled through 120 curriculums to identify strengths and weaknesses, and we have conducted surveys with more than 500 students providing answers about how and what they are currently taught about sustainable architecture”, says associate professor Elizabeth Donovan at The Aarhus School of Architecture.
In the next phase, the project partners will begin work on the content of the digital platform, including video lectures and resources.
And in more than one sense, ARCH4CHANGE draws on collaboration as a means to achieve more than would otherwise be possible: For one thing, the universities together can provide much more detailed knowledge, and for another, the choice of an open platform means that everyone will be able to update and develop it once it is launched.
”The international collaboration is essential. For example, Bologna have specific knowledge on earthquake design that we don’t have in Scandinavia for obvious reasons. And we tend to know a lot about social issues in architecture like welfare and co-living concepts. Dublin, for their part, can focus on passive design. So, together we just cover more ground, making the platform that much more applicable globally in the end”, says associate professor Urszula Kozminska at The Aarhus School of Architecture.
“It is important that sustainable design is a core part of the overall educational approach in our school”
98% of respondents from Aarhus School of Architecture agree or strongly agree.
“To what extent would you like to improve your level of knowledge of sustainable design?”
92% of respondents from Aarhus School of Architecture would like to improve by ‘a lot’ or ‘a great deal’.
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