Design for Climate Change

This course reviews the science and considers the implications for responsible practice and due diligence in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, and adapting to the impacts of change in building systems and infrastructure at all scales in northern environments. The importance of recognizing and protecting the role of ecosystem services in communities is examined in the context of changing climate in all of its aspects: changing normal conditions, variability, seasonal, and extremes. Special northern challenges, such as designing buildings on melting permafrost and the need to consider transportation issues in selecting building materials, are given particular attention in relation to architecture and settlement patterns. (lec, lab, sem and site visits), cr 3 (in Technology stream). (taught mornings).