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ARCH71-126: Design Systems for Environmental Sustainability


This course provides an introduction to the principles of architectural science (energy, climate and comfort), materials science (embodied energy and energy transfer), building envelopes and (passive) design for a sustainable built environment. Considerations of bio-climatic and socio-cultural environment and context complement and eco-logical understanding. Beyond a building physics and energy efficient building design approach, this course encounters also the physiological and socio-cultural responsibility of the built environment. Topics relating to environmental design include a critical analysis of environmental design theory and concepts of ‘sustainability’. Strategies and propositions for the design of low-carbon and resilient environments are developed to contribute to solutions to the UN SDGs.

In an inclusive seminar environment, students examine (individually and collectively) the principles of environmentally responsive design principles and develop skills in the design of sustainable architecture and urban design.

Invited guest speakers and field trips complement a real-world engagement with industry, government, cultural organisations and allied stakeholders. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,960
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,010

Learning outcomes

1. Understand global challenges of cities and communities under the paradigm of the sustainable development goals 2. Understand principles of sustainable architectural and urban design within given sustainable development perspective. 3. Interpretation of basic environmental data and subsequent outlining of passive design strategies, low-energy design and servicing strategies into a sustainable design proposal. 4. Develop basic ideas and proposals for design concepts and frameworks that make future sustainable cities and communities possible. 5. Collaborate with students from different disciplines, different ages and different world views for an integrative design process.

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021