Sustainable Design for Houses and Landscapes
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Relate sustainable design for houses to larger scale landscape and urban growth issues and challenges
- Identify design implications for houses and gardens linked to climate, topography, biodiversity and household needs
- Evaluate and adapt a range of systems-based design principles for specific housing and landscape contexts
- Propose design strategies that promote health, wellbeing and ecological restoration at the scale of a selected house and community
- Housing and Landscapes: The Bigger Picture
- Beyond Sustainable Design for Houses
- Climate: Designing and Adapting
- Designing for Health and Wellbeing
- Systems, Materials and Components.
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject will build on your practical knowledge of sustainable design for houses, expanding your thinking to houses within landscapes - both natural and constructed - and interacting with climate, biodiversity, human health and urban and regional food systems. You will explore systems-based design approaches including regenerative design, resilience thinking, permaculture principles and biophilic design that will enable you to better integrate your house within wider living systems and communities.
Through innovative, holistic precedent analysis, self-directed field study and structured design exercises, you will devise practical strategies to create, for example, adaptive microclimates around your house, a home-based food system, and conditions for improved backyard biodiversity, while also targeting well-being and bushfire design awareness. With these systems-based perspectives, you will likely see numerous new opportunities for action at home that contribute to ecological restoration and the well-being of your household and community.
The subject comprises five modules:
- Housing and landscapes - the bigger picture
- Beyond sustainable design for houses
- Climate - designing and adapting
- Designing for health and well-being
- Systems, materials and components
- On-Going Quizzes (20%%)
- Visual Field Report (30%%)
- Design Proposal (50%%)