Sustainable Design/Build Program: A Yestermorrow and UMass Collaboration (Free Webinar)

Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

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In the fall of 2011 and 2012, Yestermorrow Design Build School and UMass Amherst Architecture+Design Program ran their new Sustainable Design|Build Semester program in rural Vermont.  Open to undergraduate students from any discipline and school, the program addresses far-reaching sustainability topics through the lenses of small scale architecture and collaborative design/build. Over the course of two respective single fall semesters, students have designed and built two small houses.  While referencing other national design|build models, this program distinguishes itself for four unique parameters: an interdisciplinary design approach, a sustainable design agenda, a consensus model of decision-making, and an immersion “study away” campus experience.

With that in mind, presenter,José Galarza, in conjunction with Carey Clouse, AIA, defines the basic methods for running effective design/build studios. This presentation covers the first two projects completed: two semesters of design|build with two different groups. The work covered will discuss sustainable systems, design, and strategies, and explain of techniques used to address building safety and user comfort in the context of a very small building. The course provides an introduction to the design and construction of very small spaces, along with an overview of teaching considerations for this unique classroom alternative.

This  April 1, 2013 presentation is a part of the ongoing Housing Knowledge Community research webinar series. View the complete series archive

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1. Develop innovative sustainable systems, design, and strategies for small houses.

2. Understand techniques used to address building safety and user comfort in the context of a very small building.

3. Explain key resources for an equitable, consensus model of decision-making.

4. Understand interdisciplinary approach to sustainable design.


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Attendees will earn 1 AIA HSW LU. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the end of the webinar. All attendees at each site submit one form: 1) page one: webinar survey and 2) page two: CES report form. The survey must be completed within 5 business days of the webinar. AIA members and IDP record holders will have their credit recorded within 7 business days of the webinar. All attendees will be prompted to download a certificate of completion at the end of the survey.


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