CEU Summary

Building the Regenerative City

The built environment is responsible for an estimated 40% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions as well as a host of other global ecological and social impacts. By 2050, there will be 2.3 billion new inhabitants of global cities. Demand for new buildings and infrastructure will grow accordingly, placing an increasingly heavy burden on critical resources and vulnerable ecosystems. Resource deprivation will further disenfranchise an ever-larger segment of human populations. This course utilizes insight from an internationally recognized architect, Alan Organschi, who calls for the re-formation of the Anthropocene and the reshaping of our burgeoning cities—the way we build them, organize them, distribute their services, and inhabit them.

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Examine the history of the term, Bauhaus, and how this term continues to impact architectural design practices which improve the quality of life for building occupants.
  • Assess the responsibility of architects to act as regenerative forces who think creatively through sustainable design practices, specifically with the specification of mass timber for the built environment.
  • Explore case studies that utilize mass timber in an environmentally responsible way while also exceeding safety requirements of the occupants of the building.
  • Identify ways that architects can transform the global building sector through collaboration, innovation, and the application of responsibly sourced mass timber products.

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