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Instructor Info:Gabriel Arboleda
Office Extension x5376
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 3
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 3
Description: This studio architecture class examines the cultural dimensions that emerge in the practice of sustainable architecture. A culturally appropriate approach is progressively becoming a central component of sustainable design, and this class will explore this approach from a number of different perspectives, with a main focus on the practice of designing with indigenous and ethnic communities as well as other cultural groups. Taking on the task of designing a cultural center in Holyoke for an expatriates association, and presented with several scenarios common to the practice of culturally appropriate design, students will be confronted with the main challenges, principles and ethics of this practice. Studio design work will be supplemented with discussions regarding the concept of culture in architecture and the issue of cultural identity within the frameworks of sustainable development, while also investigating perspectives on the topic from the position of canonical design literature.