• Lecture 1, part 2: foundations of sustainable design: railway stations between place and node 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-28)
      Dr. Kohler presents a discussion of the concepts of space, place, and nodes, and how these concepts play into our notions of urban environment and transportation design.
    • Lecture 1: introduction 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-28)
      In his Introduction, Dr. Kohler presents a brief overview of his research and ideas, gives an outline of the seminar and its objectives, and discusses the fundamental concepts that inform the seminar's approach to sustainable ...
    • Lecture 1, part 1: the railway station: a tower of babel 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-28)
      Dr. Kohler looks at the railway station's importance in 19th century Europe in terms of its impact on social interaction, people's concepts of time, and economic and technological change. Over the years, the railway station's ...
    • Lecture 1, part 3: railway stations: the power of place 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-28)
      Dr. Kohler presents images of railway stations around the world to provide context for considering railway station design.
    • Lecture 2: Life cycle assessment, certification and life cycle management 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-29)
      In this lecture, Dr. Kohler examines how architects and policy makers evaluate the overall impact of architectural projects on the environment. Dr. Kohler emphasizes the complications that arise when we attempt to convert ...
    • Lecture 4: Foundations of sustainable design: Cultural aspects of sustainable development 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-29)
      Dr. Kohler discusses culture as a form of "intangible capital", and the difficulties in trying to preserve cultural resources in the face of many factors of social change, including globalization and a growing population ...
    • Lecture 3: Foundations of sustainable design: The time of railway stations 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-09-29)
      In this lecture, Dr. Kohler briefly discusses different philosophical concepts of time, with a particular emphasis on theories of time as a social framework. He then applies these considerations of time as an abstract ...
    • Austin climate data 

      Ward, Natalie (2009-10)
      An overview of the climate conditions that impact on the energy efficiency of construction projects in Austin, Texas. Data is presented on various factors, including temperature, precipitation, daylight, and wind.
    • Thermal performance in mid/large buildings : in hot, humid climates 

      Galloway, Ross; Brown, Meredith (2009-10)
      This paper presents on overview of several vernacular and passive strategies as an alternative to the standard HVAC system. It examines the performance demands of large buildings in Austin, Texas and addresses several ...
    • Traditional and innovative cooling systems: Energy efficient, alternative strategies for thermal comfort 

      Maddox, Randy; Montry, Matthew (2009-10)
      This paper describes some fundamental features of conventional AC technology, and explores innovative strategies and AC system types that use alternative forms of energy and/or are designed for greater energy efficiency.
    • Space Node Place 

      Galloway, Ross (2009-10)
      What makes a place a place? This paper examines space and nodes as concepts and discusses how they play into the way the human mind constructs a sense of place. It also discusses the importance of these concepts in the ...
    • Standards in sustainable landscape architecture 

      Bean, Cayce; Yang, Chia-Hui (2009-10)
      This paper examines how the principles of sustainability may be applied to the field of landscape architecture. It gives a brief history of the Sustainable Sites Initiative and the guidelines and benchmarks developed by ...
    • Daylight performance in mid/large buildings: basics, strategies, technologies 

      Astrich, Bobby; Morris, Alex; Walters, Briana (2009-10)
      An examination of the lighting requirements of mid- to large-scale building projects, with a focus on the utilization of natural daylight. The paper considers the sorts of tasks to be performed in different rooms/sections ...
    • Regional and historic standards of comfort 

      Kamholz, Jenna; Storer, Lisa (2009-10)
      A look at comfort, and the differences in our definitions and expectations of comfort through history and across cultures. This paper also considers the impact of technological advances in air conditioning on the perception ...
    • Standards of human comfort: relative and absolute 

      Fincher, Warren; Boduch, Michael (2009-10)
      An examination of the factors that affect the quality of comfort in an architectural environment, including temperature, lighting, humidity, and air quality. The paper also considers the variability of individual and ...
    • Green building materials: determining the true definition of green 

      Fithian, Cody; Sheets, Andrea (2009-10)
      As of fall 2009, there are over fifty regional and national green labeling programs throughout the United States. Each of these have similar yet quite different versions of rating systems and qualifying characteristics ...
    • Indirect/passive air-flow systems 

      Kang, Bhujon; Lutz-Carillo, Sky (2009-10)
      An examination of air-flow systems and how they may be utilized in sustainable architectural design to improve energy conservation and the comfort and health of occupants. This paper looks at various forms of natural ...
    • Lecture 5: Flows - railway stations 

      Kohler, Niklaus (2009-10-02)
      Flows-- the transference of people, resources, information, and/or energy within a system-- has always been a crucial factor in the design of individual architectural projects, and to an even greater extent in the design ...
    • Sustainable cities 

      Burdett, Ricky (2009-10-21)
      Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. In this lecture he gives a general overview of the ongoing ...
    • The case for geothermal energy 

      Cutright, Bruce L. (2009-10-29)
      Geothermal energy has historically played a minor role in addressing the energy needs of the United States due to a number of factors, including the high front-end cost of systems and the fact that only certain locations ...