A52H2B Sustainable Design - Studio 5:2 12.0 credits

Hållbar gestaltning - Studio 5:2

Generalitet, 5th year
Projektet ingår i studion Hållbar gestaltning.

Studiobeskrivning: In order to develop new strategies for designing a sustainable society, this Studio emphazise economy, ecology, energy and new technology in relation to architecture and urban design.  

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Task: Reuse, rebuilt and transform an existing building into new, mixed-use urban functions year 2015 and again year 2035 with low environmental impact.
During the Generality / Individuality project we will be dealing with the question how existing architecture can be transformed into a new spatial and urban context and into new functions. We will analyse the existing buildings structural pre-requisites and with new operations and additions adapt it to the demands of today and in the future. New technology and architectural ideas will be adapted to the existing in order to transform the structure into a sustainable future.

Intended learning outcomes *

Generality (5th year)
Vintage project

Overall goals
The project is part of the Sustainable Design Studio.
Studio Description: In order to develop new strategies for designing a sustainable society, this Studio emphazise economy, ecology, energy and new technology in relation to architecture and urban design. 
2. The course/project goal is to increase the student's knowledge in this area/field and skills/knowledge in the field of architecture in general. The students will enter the project with varying degrees of knowledge/skills and will subsequently end up at different levels at the end of the course/project.
 3. The individual student must show an increase in the particular skills/knowledge offered in the studio and in the field of architecture in general.

Course goals
In order to develop new strategies for designing a sustainable society, This studio emphasis eseconomy, ecology, energy and new technology in relation to architecture and urban design:

The environmental impact of buildings are eroding the quality of life. The built environment stands for 40% of the energyconsumption and about the same amount of the CO2 emissions in the world, and about 40% of the landfill material as a result of construcion waste. Sustainability has been defined by the Brundtland report 1987 as ”meeting the needs of the present generation, without comprimising with the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. As architects, we must form an opinion about climate change. With the ongoing urbanization and growth of metropolitan regions in our country and around the world, issues of sustainability are stalls, in terms of technical, economical, social and ecological aspects.

The main aim of the Sustainle Design Studio; Generality/Individuality is to examine the relationship between architectural form, structure, materiality and environmental performance, and how these should evolve in response to climate change and changing programmatic requirements in urban environments. The overall goal is to find new strategies for a society characterized by long term sustainability and to acquire knowledge and insights about architecture in a lifecycle perspective; the relationship between architectural organization and the ability to change over time and how local climate affects the design. A sustainable approach to ecology will be weighed against economic and social sustainability.

This project
The project aims:
* To develop an interdisciplinary, integrated design process where all pre-requisites of the environmental
effects are raised early on in the projects work process
* To acquire knowledge and insights about architecture in a lifecycle perspective and about the relationship between architectural organization and the ability to change over time. A sustainable approach to ecology will be weighed against economic and social sustainability.
* To give the students the tools for conceptual, analytical and technical work methods as well as an increased understanding of the relationship between architecture and environmental impact.

Course Disposition

Preliminary course disposition
1. Examine. Define – What pre-requisites are important? Analyze the building and the sights structural and urban pre-requisites. How is the building’s usability for new programs affected by the building’s design? How does the building’s design and material affect energy consumption? What changes and operations in the building can change the pre-requisites? The analyses should be visualized in diagrams; the conceptualization of the operation shall be shown in sketched models.
2. Investigate. Formulate – Formulate three goals for your design. Two scenarios and programs are tested, the years 2015 and 2035. Investigate how your conceptual idea manages to meet the changing pre-requisites with the least possible environmental impact and energy consumption. Provide sketches in plan- and section as well as 3-D studies.
3. Develop. Create – Make several alternatives. A research on how renewable energy-sources could be integrated with the facade. Provide a detailed description of a chosen technical detail of the skin.
4. Refine. Sum up – Look at your alternative sketches, and choose with judgment the one that answers the best on your goals. The two scenarios and programs are developed, the years 2015 and 2035. Present the project through sketches, models and written presentations prior to the final evaluation.
5. Submission / final evaluation. Final critics with invited guests

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

One year fully approved architectural studies at the advanced level, courses and projects.

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature: A literature list will be given out at the start of the course

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project part 1, 9.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project part 2, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The course consists of two parts; a fulfilled and delivered project work (9 credits) and a passed final assessment (3 credits). There is at least one intermediate assessment during the course.

Other requirements for final grade *

a) Presentation requirements
Students must:
Submit DESIGN task according to specifications
Submit RESEARCH task according to specifications
Participation in study trip or alternate activity 

During the second half of the fall semester the 5th year students are to do a Thesis Preparation.
Through the development of a ‘Thesis Preparation Booklet’ to be handed into the Studierådet before the end of the semester (deadline will be announced at the beginning of the course) students will have developed a clear focus, thesis question, for their diploma project and will have the opportunity to build an architectural design research on a specific subject the students want to pursue further. The architectural design research, could have an architectural design agenda, technical/material agenda, theoretical or programmatic agenda. It is important that all material is processed by the student and brought together in a booklet. The Thesis Preparation is an opportunity for the students to develop specific techniques and skills as well as to formulate an architectural design ambition through design research.
A4 sized and bind ‘Thesis Preparation Booklet’ of 20 pages including text, images and drawings

The studio presentation will be part of the future diploma portfolio and shall be delivered in an appropriate and fully qualified way. 

b) Examination
80% attendance. Active participation in lectures, tutorials, and seminars etc. Passed intermediate and final assessments. Compulsory attendance during the assessment reviews.
Completion: The project work shall be delivered and, if necessary, reworked within the set time limit.  See general directions.
(Overall principle: Autumn term projects must be approved during the following Spring term: Spring term projects must be approved before the start of the following Autumn term. The reworked projects must be delivered at least one week before the time limit.)
The project work is to be documented in a portfolio, including drawings, analysis and models. The work process shall be legible.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Per Fransson

Further information

Course web

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Course web A52H2B

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.