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Visual Comfort and Electric Lighting (Assignment 6) Environmental Technologies in Buildings

The goal of this assignment is check your final daylighting design from Assignment 5 for potential areas of glare and remedy them as well as to design an electric lighting concept for your design. As a target level, the electric lighting should provide around 300lux on all key working surfaces and around 150lux in all circulation areas.

Modeling/Simulation Experiential Learning Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Visual and Thermal Comfort (Assignment 3) Environmental Technologies in Buildings

The objectives of this assignment are for you to develop a feeling for indoor environmental variables that have an impact on thermal comfort and to compare your personal sensation to comfort predictions based on thermal and lighting standards. The assignment is split into two components:  

  • Task A: Using a data logger, measure “your life” on a psychrometric chart over a couple of days.  
  • Task B: Measure indoor environmental conditions in two spaces that you find comfortable and uncomfortable and compare your assessments to that of current thermal comfort standards. 


Lab Experiential Learning Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Urban Plans (Assignment 2) Introduction to Urban Design and Development

The purpose of this exercise is to explore the nature of plans and their impact on the form and function of cities. We are interested in the motivations for creating plans, the processes by which they are prepared, the languages of urban design which underlay them, and the long-term effects of plans -- or lack thereof -- on the city. Having considered these issues, you are asked to answer the question: What makes a good plan?


Paper Place-Based Learning Urban Studies SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production
Urban Change (Assignment 1) Introduction to Urban Design and Development

This assignment addresses the underlying urban dynamics that are causing a city to change. It also seeks to develop or sharpen your skills of observation, encouraging you to make inferences from the evidence of the physical environment and to test these through interviews and research.


Paper Place-Based Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Tutorials D-Lab: Water Climate Change and Health

The tutorial is an opportunity to pick a topic of your choice from the universe of topics pertaining to the subjects of water, climate change, and health and share that with the class. The tutorial will be undertaken either with one teammate, or individually. It can be done in any format of your choice, with creative, non-traditional pedagogies (eg. demos, games, workshops, other activities) most welcome. 

There will be roughly one tutorial per week.

Presentation Inquiry-Based Learning Varies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Trip Project Proposal D-Lab I: Development

This form will allow the D-Lab staff to provide feedback and help you prepare for your project. You should fill in a form for each project you are working on, but only one of them will be turned in to be graded. You should continue to refine the proposals throughout the semester.


Proposal Experiential Learning Development SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Thoughts on the Readings for Session 2 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues

Imagine that Berry was asked to explain his reservations about Thoreau’s essay. What differences in perspective would he emphasize in his remarks?

Paper Other Writing SDG 15 - Life on Land
Term Project D-Lab: Water Climate Change and Health

Household to global scale term projects on water, climate change and health solutions will be developed in teams or individually. You and your team decide on the format—a model, a video, a website, an app, a proposal, an artistic expression, a research paper, a competition entry. This can take any form. 

Project Inquiry-Based Learning Varies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Term Project Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion

The purpose of the term projects is to research and study an energy conversion technology in greater depth than possible in class. The project should incorporate thermodynamic analysis if dealing with thermal energy as well as the energy source/fuel, methods of conversion, targeted power range, political and economic constraints, and competing technologies. A technical report and a presentation session will be the final deliverables for the project.

Presentation, Written Report Inquiry-Based Learning Energy Engineering SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
Term Paper Introduction to Sustainable Energy

The term paper is to answer a question based upon information available in the literature. It is not a research paper, demanding original intellectual contributions. Your paper should answer the question, noting important uncertainties, areas of unavailable knowledge and including a critique of the information in the literature. You should not become an advocate for a policy or position. Please choose a topic that is of interest for a term paper. Do not pick a topic that you are working on or have worked on as a project already – we want you to look into something outside of your main expertise.

Paper Other Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy