PSP60 Environmental Design of Cities and Open Spaces

Module code: PSP60

ECTS Credit Points:

Module Type:

1st / 2nd

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes: After the completion of PSP60/ Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings, students are expected to have acquired the following learning skills,
- Understanding of the building methods of humans, depending on the climate, i.e. the conditions of light, temperature, rainfall and wind
- Knowledge of construction ways, using locally available matrerials and tools
- Understanding of the transitions that occur in cases of climate shifts or changes in the available materials
- Understanding of the way that religion, social habits or economy have infuenced architectural solutions and residential complexes
- Understanding of the way of exploiting the knowledge of the natural environment towards a better living and the design and development of settlements and buildings
- Ability to determine the relationship of settlements with the wider geographic area
- Ability to evaluate buildings in relation to local materials, environment and climate
- Understanding of the absolute adaptation of traditional buildings and settlements in the terrain
- Understanding of the articulation between buildings and the urban fabric
- Ability to evaluate problems and opportunities arising during the transition of traditional settlements in the modern phase of development
- Understanding of the factors shaping the microclimate in relation to the morphological characteristics of the city
- Ability to formulate proposals for reducing energy consumption and improvement of the thermal and visual comfort in cities
- Capacity analysis of local micro-climatic differences and suggesting proposals and environmental interventions in urban centers
- Identification of environmental impacts caused by construction activity
- Definition of basic synthetic requirements for the design of environmentally friendly buildings
- Evaluation of building materials on their environmental impact
- Understanding of the concepts of reuse and recycling of construction materials
- Ability of suggesting solutions to water saving practices and addressing flooding problems
- Establishing criteria for the assessment of buildings
- Ability to document the value cost of environmental deterioration and to propose incentives for improving the environmental performance of buildings
- Understanding of the importance of the urban fabric’s adaptation in the natural environment and the effects of ignorance or disregard of the natural phenomena
- Ability of selecting specialist partners so as to use expert knowledge on urban design
- Understanding the need for adaptation of the development of human environment in the coherent natural environment
- Understanding of the concept of landscape for the design of outdoor spaces
- Understanding of the design parameters of large-scale landscape
- Identification of general and specific categories of outdoor public spaces
- Identification of the need to form modules and networks of open spaces
- Formulating of proposals and guidelines to protect and restore natural units
- Identification of problems of outdoor spaces with natural and artificial elements and the assessment of objectives, guidelines and design standards
- Evaluation of the ecosystemic function of the city based on the mechanisms of natural ecosystems
- Recognition of the impact of individual components that implement the ecosystemic function
- Ability to orientate everyday practices towards the broader direction of sustainable development

Subjects covered:
1. Environmental technology
2. Sustainable Urban Design Principles

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of six written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available