Applied and integrated

Decarbonizing buildings and cities will require a fundamental rethinking of architecture and architectural practice, among other measures. The Environmental Systems Lab offers core curriculum lectures, advanced research seminars, and design studios that equip students with the knowledge and the tools to make this change happen. Course are available at graduate and undergraduate levels.

ES1: Introduction to sustainable design

This course covers site and building systems and their impact on both design and ecological processes. The primary focus of this course is the study of basic principles of sustainability, climate considerations in architectural design, and energy and material flow in the construction and operation of buildings.

ES2: Building Dynamics

This course examines the design and analysis of building envelopes, with a focus on the material and energetic transformations taking place at the boundary between architecture and the environment. Topics include daylighting, glare, comfort, building thermodynamics, envelope assemblies, thermal modeling, and active and passive control systems.

Augmented Intelligence in Design

This course begins with a series of input lectures from guest speakers from academia and industry and blends seminar and workshop formats to challenge students to envision and develop new tools for augmented intelligence in design. Students explore the integration of complex phenomena related to sustainability, human wellbeing and comfort, and the quality of space.

Project ZERO

This studio embeds environmental modeling tools directly into the design process presents a paradigm shift towards integrated and intelligent design processes. In the end, the resultant architecture is to be an organism that directly responds to the stimuli of its surrounding environment both in its form and function. The surrounding environment, in turn, is semi-permanently transformed by the new construction.

Beyond Manhattanism

Students learn parametric modeling as a powerful analytic tool to evaluate light, environmental factors, views, and zoning. Concurrently, the students analyze precedent mixed-use projects, using these existing models as references to develop a preliminary master plan integrating residential, office, hotel, and retail that will reposition the site as a catalyst for social and urban activation.

Building Better Cities

The studio investigates resource-efficient, next-generation urban habitats need to provide indoor and outdoor comfort conditions including access to daylight, high-quality public spaces, and streetscapes as well as innovative transportation concepts.

Workshops, lectures and tutorials

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