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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals
The aims of this course are to create environmental consciousness with green building principles and energy-efficient buildings in architectural design and to develop design strategies for sustainable development and reducing carbon footprint. 

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Instructor(s) Lecturer Deniz Çiler Erkan (Bu ders, bu dönem açılmamıştır)
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Theoretical lectures, lectures with invited speakers, field trips, homeworks, final project and following up weekly projects. 

Principle Sources McDonough,W & Braungart, M (2003)Towards a sustaining architecture for the 21st century: the promise of cradle-to-cradle design. In: Industry and Environment, Volume 26 No 2–3 2003, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

Sinclair, C (2006)                          Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises. Metropolis Books, New York

Stohr, K (2012)                            Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up. Abrams, New York

Kellog, S & Pettigrew, S (2014)      Şehirdekiler için Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Rehberi. Sinek Sekiz Yayınları

Kelso, İ (2014)                             Ekofobiyi Aşmak. Yeni İnsan Yayınevi, İstanbul

Holmberg, J (1998)                      Backcasting: A Natural Step in Operationalizing Sustainable Development.

In: Greener Management International, Issue 23, Autumn 1998.

Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) Living Beyond Our Means. Natural Assets and Human Well-being.

Wheeler, Stephen M. (2004)           Planning for Sustainability. Creating Livable, Equitable and Ecological Communities. Routledge

Wheeler, S M & Beatley, T(2004)     The Sustainable Urban Development Reader. Routledge.

Shiva, V (2000)                            Poverty and Globalisation. BBC Reith Lecture Series 14 may 2000

Castells, M (2005)                         Global Governance and Global politics. In: PS Political Science and politics; Jan 2005, 38, 1, Academic Research Library

UNESCO (2007)                            “Foreword” and “5. Historic cities and settlements”, page 64-77.

In: Case studies on Climate Change and World Heritage.

McDonough, W (2005)                   Cradle to Cradle Design. Talk in February 2005 (video 20 min).

On: TED Ideas worth spreading

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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction, short movie screening: The Man (USA, 5 min) Oral Presentation
2. Week Outlining the green building principles in six major topics, followed by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guideline: 1. Sustainable Sites (SS) 2. Water Efficiency (WE) 3. Energy and Atmosphere (EA) 4. Materials and Resources (MR) 5. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) 6. Location and Transportation (LT) Mini workshop Oral Presentation
3. Week Site selection. Detailed explanation of Sustainable Sites (SS). Oral Presentation
4. Week Preserving Natural Resources 1. Detailed explanation of Water Efficiency (WU). (Task 1 assignment) Documentary screening: Story of Stuff (USA, 2007, 20 min) Oral Presentation
5. Week Low-energy building. Detailed explanation of Energy&Atmoshphere (EA). (Task 1 deadline) Oral Presentation
6. Week Low-energy building. Detailed explanation of Energy&Atmoshphere (EA). Passive house exercise learning outcome. Invited lecturer. Oral Presentation
7. Week Preserving Natural Resources 2. Detailed explanation of Materials and Resources (MR) (Task 2 assignment) Oral Presentation
8. Week Healthy Environment. Detailed explanation of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ). (Task 2 assignment-repeat) Oral Presentation
9. Week Reducing Carbon Footprint. Detailed explanation of Location and Transportation (LT). (Task 2 deadline) Oral Presentation
10. Week Material Science. (Task 3 assignment). Guest lecturer/ Project critics (Task 2) Oral Presentation
11. Week Principles 1. Detailed explanation of Passive Systems- Active Systems. (Task 3 deadline) Oral Presentation
12. Week Introduction to Final Project: Green Building Design Oral Presentation
13. Week Developing Final project: Green building design (Task 4 deadline) Oral Presentation
14. Week Developing Final project: Green building design (final course) Oral Presentation
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Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 4 50
Attendance 1 10
Final Exam 1 40

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Sustainable building design in the context of energy and water efficiency, materials and resources, indoor air quality; and also getting basic knowledge of global warming, carbon emissions and sustainable design (INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE)
LO-2Calculating the water efficiency of the building according to number of FTE users and building function (SKILL)
LO-3Calculating the heat gain on buildings by U-values of building layers (SKILL)
LO-4Having knowledge about the use of materials and resources efficiently (INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE)
LO-5Having knowledge about the factors affecting air quality of the indoor spaces (INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE)
LO-6Being able to use the sustainable design principals and decisions learned during the course through a design project (COMPETENCY)
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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