ST-108 Sustainability and Technology

The Faculty of Interior Architecture / Furniture and Interior Design
3rd Year, sem 1, 2020-2021 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 1C+3S | ECTS Credits: 4
Technical Sciences
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh. Daniel Armenciu
Teaching Staff:
lect. dr. arh. Daniel N. Armenciu asist. dr. arh. Oana Mihăescu
Learning outcomes:

The discipline aims to acquire a general knowledge of sustainable design, in order to prepare the student to cope with the challengings of the following years regarding the evolution of the international phenomenon of sustainability in the fields of design and architecture.
Thus, the student will acquire sustainable design skills able to guide him to conceptual and technological choices adapted to the current realities with which the contemporary designer operates. The major objective of the two disciplines is to create a personal critical method of analysis and interpretation of the context in which an intervention is to be inserted, thus generating ecologically compatible products.


Course activity
The way of organizing the lectures is intended to be an interactive one, involving the active participation of students. Starting from general notions that make the introduction in the topics of the course, specific notions are brought cumulatively.
Seminar activity
During the semester, students will be involved in designing a sustainable public transit station project. This component of the discipline aims to facilitate practical operation with the notions presented in the course and thus increase their applicability in the current design.

Course topics:
• Concepts of sustainable development in design and architecture;
• Sustainable approach in the design process; Meta-design;
• Universal design; Human comfort;
• Support technologies and materials for sustainable design; Circular Design;
• Certification and labeling systems;

Teaching Method:

The way of organizing the lectures is meant to be an interactive one, involving the active participation of the students. Starting from the general notions that introduce the course topics, cumulative specific notions are added.


a) Seminar evaluation (60%) - Design of a sustainable public transport station. The activity will take place in working groups consisting of maximum 4 students and must be validated by the professors. The failure to complete this phase, the equivalent of the activity during the course, conditions the impossibility to deliver the final exam paper and automatically leads to the failure of the discipline.
b) Final evaluation (40%) - The individual elaboration of an essay that will be delivered in the exam session, until the date established by the session calendar. Failure to take and / or not pass this phase, the equivalent of the active activity along the way, leads to the failure to take into account the final exam paper and to the failure to promote the discipline.


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