DESST 3517 - Environment III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Students in this course will consider cities, landscapes and urban environments as complex living systems within ethical and political contexts. At metropolitan and local scales issues of planning and design including: urban sprawl, public space, perpetual growth, plants, energy, climate change, resources, microclimate, transport, water, waste, agriculture and energy will be explored. The course aims to develop skills in critical thinking and knowledge of the technological, building codes standards, scientific and cultural factors that drive and define the problems that designers engage with to make positive contributions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 3517
    Course Environment III
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 2517
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes & B.E(Arch) students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description Students in this course will consider cities, landscapes and urban environments as complex living systems within ethical and political contexts.

    At metropolitan and local scales issues of planning and design including: urban sprawl, public space, perpetual growth, plants, energy, climate change, resources, microclimate, transport, water, waste, agriculture and energy will be explored. The course aims to develop skills in critical thinking and knowledge of the technological, building codes standards, scientific and cultural factors that drive and define the problems that designers engage with to make positive contributions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan Sharifi

    Dr Ehsan Sharifi
    Email: ehsan.sharifi@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: 08-8313-0317
    Students contact hours: Fridays 1-3pm (Room 475, Horace Lamb Building)
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lectures
    Mondays, 9:00-10:00am, Darling West Lecture Theatre, G14 

    Tutorials 
    Mondays 10am-12pm / 12-2pm / 2-4pm Barr Smith South 510/511

    Workshops
    Mondays 10:00-12:00 and 12:00-14:00 - Barr Smith South 539 (W5-W8)

                       
    W1: Introduction to Cities and Climate Change
    W2: Low Carbon, Zero Waste and Resilient Cities
    W3: Healthy, Liveable and Biophilic Cities
    W4: CoA Strategic Plan and Urban Greening
    W5: Urban Microclimates
    W6: Outdoor Thermal and Wind Comfort
    W7: Public Space and Public Life
    W8: Urban Cooling Strategies
    W9: Case Studies of Sustainable Urban Design - online
    W10: Case Studies of Urban Heat Adaptation
    W11: Green, water and energy in the city
    W12: Final Remarks
    W13: Students presentation 


  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge
    A. Develop an understanding of the various physical, social-cultural, political-economic, and historical layers of the city and the ways these interact to form the urban environment.
    B. Be capable of using general theoretical models and analytical approaches to dissect existing urban phenomena in Adelaide and developing critical (re)framings and interpretations of these phenomena.
    C. Develop an experiential sensitivity curious about the life of cities, and a creative imagination that visualises how cities change, and is able to represent this imagination using text, image and data

    Skills
    D. Acquire in-depth research skills of at least one of the following modes in application to urban analysis and representation: (1) mapping; (2) data and infographics; (3) documentation (graphic and photographic); (4) interviewing; (5) critical essay writing.
    E. Gain knowledge of the process of producing a book, and associated skills in graphic design and layout.
    F. Build abilities in teamwork and time management for group and individual work.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    A, B, C, D
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    B, D, F
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    B, E, F
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    F
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    C, E
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    A, C
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Urban Heat Mitigation Techniques
    M Santamouris & Denia Kolokotsa
    Routledge, 2016
    This book is available as an e-book from UofA Library at:
    https://www-taylorfrancis-com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/books/e/9781315765839


    Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices
    Newman, Peter & Jennings, Isabella
    Island Press, 2008
    This book is available as an e-book from UofA Library at:
    https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/adelaide/detail.action?docID=3317481



    Guides to Urban Cooling Strategies
    Osmond, Paul & Sharifi, Ehsan
    Low Carbon Living CRC, 2017
    This booklet is available online at:
    http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/sites/all/files/publications_file_attachments/crc_lcl_urban_cooling_guide_2017_web.pdf



    Adelaide Design Manual: Green Infrastructure Guidelines
    ASPECT Studios,
    City of Adelaide, 2017
    This technical report is available online at:
    http://www.adelaidedesignmanual.com.au/resources/resources



    There is no prescribed reader or course pack for this course. Students are expected to be able to independently research relevant readings and materials while working on their assignments, drawing on the collections in the Barr-Smith library, the State Library of South Australia, the City of Adelaide archives, as well as other local or specialist collections where warranted.
    Recommended Resources
    A partial list of recommended readings to provide starting points for further research will made available to students through email and MyUni. Other recommended resources, including software, online tools, and production techniques, will also be developed progressively over the course of the semester and posted to MyUni or circulated via email.
    Students are encouraged to take an active interest in the research activities of the department, including the programs of CAMEA and CASRU, as well as the Speaker Series talks and other occasional events.
    Online Learning
    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    MyUni:
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording:
    In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/ current-student
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course advances its learning objectives primarily through a project-based approach built around the production of the “Readings” project books, delivered with a combination of lecture and tutorial modes. Online-based collaborative and communication modes also constitute an important aspect of the course. The MyUni system will provide the basic online platform for the course, but other online tools and media may also be explored and employed.

    Lectures
    Lectures define the common core of the subject, delivering the basic references and knowledge defining the course content. All students come together at one time in the lecture room - for this reason lectures are also an important space for overall organisation and feedback. Attendance at lectures is therefore essential. Where students are unable to attend lectures, review of the lecture is required through posted recordings and presentation materials posted on MyUni.

    Tutorials
    Tutorials are the working space for the subject. Capped at 20 students, this is where the concepts and materials from lectures are discussed, clarified, and applied through small group discussion and collaboration, guided by the tutor. The tutorials are also where the main face-to-face collaborative working arrangements are developed and sustained in order to advance the work leading to the completion of the project books.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements:
    The University expects full‐time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote at the minimum 12 hours per week to contact activities and self‐guided studies.
    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
    Total workload hrs: 12 hours per wk x 14 wks (inc. of mid‐semester break) = 168 hours
    Total contact hours: 3 hours per week x 12 weeks = 36 hours
Total self‐guided study: 168 – 36 hours = 132 hours
    These 132 hours should be used towards for working on the various assignments associated with the course, including development of requisite research, knowledge, and skills. Please organise your time wisely!
    Learning Activities Summary
    W1: Introduction to Cities and Climate Change
    W2: Low Carbon, Zero Waste and Resilient Cities
    W3: Healthy, Liveable and Biophilic Cities
    W4: CoA Strategic Plan and Urban Greening
    W5: Urban Microclimates
    W6: Outdoor Thermal and Wind Comfort
    W7: Public Space and Public Life
    W8: Urban Cooling Strategies
    W9: Case Studies of Sustainable Urban Design - online
    W10: Case Studies of Urban Heat Adaptation
    W11: Green, water and energy in the city
    W12: Final Remarks
    W13: Students presentation
    Specific Course Requirements
    Failure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    A majority of teaching and learning excercises during tutorials are caries via small group discovery experience when students analyse urban environmental issues from different points of view. 
    Assignment 2b presentation is a small group discovery experience.
    Assignment 3 is a small group discovery experience.


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1: Urban Environment Reading (20% individual)
    Assignment 2a: Outdoor microclimate assessment (20% individual)
    Assignment 2b: Site microclimate simulation (20% group)
    Assignment 3: Designing for Sustainable Adelaide (20% group)
    Weekly online tasks (20% individual)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To do well, students need to participate in all class activities. Please make sure you attend regularly and come prepared for class.

    Assessment Detail
    *Assignment 1 is an individual task (20%)
    In Assignment 1 students prepare a short essay based on but not limited to a text reading on urban microclimates.
    Each student should select one chapter of the source book introduced bellow and provide:
    Body text - 1000 words (LaTeX: \pm ± 10%) excluding references
    An original (student's owned) figure/table/chart/photo/sketch to support the essay topic
    Acceptable file formats are PDF and DOC(X)

    The source book:
    Santamouris M. & Kolokotsa D. (2016). Urban Heat Mitigation Techniques. Routledge.
    This book is available as an e-book from UofA Library at:
    https://www-taylorfrancis-com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/books/e/9781315765839

    Each individual should select one of the following chapters for this assignment:
    CH2 Understanding and reducing the anthropogenic heat emission
    CH3 Valuing green spaces as a heat mitigation technique
    CH4 Mitigating the urban heat with cool materials for the buildings’ fabric
    CH5 Cool pavements to mitigate urban heat islands
    CH6 The effect of evaporative cooling techniques on reducing urban heat
    CH7 Exploiting earth cooling to mitigate heat on cities’ scale

    Assignment requirements:
    There should be at least 10 additional citations (Author, Date) including two related to a controversial concept or a critique to the chapter concept (possibly from the other chapters).
    The original (student's owned) figure/table/chart/photo/sketch should be embedded in the text with proper notation (instructions will be provided in the tutorials).

    This assignment is assessed based on research qualities in architecture and urban design standards including:

    argument development
    citation sufficiency, style and accuracy
    original writing (plagiarism standards - max acceptable similarity rate (Turnitin): 20% overall)
    proper usage of Language and grammar
    presentation quality and clarity

    Submission format: PDF/DOC(X)

    *Assignment 2a is an individual task (20%)
    In Assignment 2a students collect and analyse urban microclimate and surface cover data in the City of Adelaide. This assignment addresses the ongoing strategies on urban greening and public space and public life enhancement in the City of Adelaide.
    Essential instruments (i.e. IR thermometer) will be provided to the students. Standard data collection sheets and guides can be downloaded from Software and Data Collection Resources.

    Assignment requirements:
    Students are to select an accessible common urban surface material (i.e. concrete, asphalt, paving, roof tile, metal roof sheet, grass or a building cladding.
    Each student observe and records surface temperature of a 2 samples of the chosen surface material (shaded-unshaded) 18 times during sunny/partly cloudy days at/around 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm (this means 3 days of recordings for 6x2 records per day).
    The collected data for shaded and unshaded locations should be analysed, compared and discussed appropriately via tables, graphs and text.
    Research and find a cool-labeled variation of your surface material. Find out the cooling capacity of the cool material compared with your data (i.e. how many degrees). Use appropriate referencing.

    Submission format:
    Collected data in Excel file
    A4 report (max 5 pages) in PDF/DOC

    *Assignment 2b is a group work (groups of 3-4 students)
    assignment addresses the ongoing strategies on urban greening and public space and public life enhancement in the City of Adelaide.

    Sites:
    Grote Street between West Tce and Morphett Street
    Bowen St between the Joinery (ie. old Bus Station) and new Bus Station
    Gate 20 lane of University of Adelaide between North Tce and Hub Central

    Assignment requirements:
    Every group compares the outcome of their assignment 2a results
    Every group simulates and analyse microclimate conditions in their site via ENVI-met (21 June and 21 December 8am to 8pm - every 3 hours)
    Every group models shading conditions in their site via Rhino/SketchUp (21 June and 21 December 8am to 8pm - every 3 hours)

    Submission format: PowerPoint slides (max 20 - MyUni upload)
    One submission is enough for each group when names and responsibilities are appropriately addressed.

    *Assignment 3 is a group task (3-4 students)
    In Assignment 3 students propose design options to enhance environmental and social sustainability in their site (analysed in Assignment 2b).

    Site:
    Same as Assignment 2b

    Assignment requirements:
    Site microclimates (extended outdoor thermal comfort) via permanent/temporary architectural/landscape features
    Site environmental sustainability (e.g. using water sensitive urban design, renewable energies and etc.)
    Compare before and after design scenarios via graphics and simulation for summer, winter and spring/autumn weather conditions (use findings of simulation and data analysis of assignment 2b to make logical design decisions)

    Submission format: A0 Poster
    Posters should include context, analysis and design
    Posters should be printed and be presented by the group on W13
    A 300dpi PDF version of the posters should be uploaded to MyUni on W13

    Every week there is an online quiz as part of the tutorial/workshop that will be accessible on Mondays after the lecture at 10am and has to be completed by 10pm of the same day. The online component has 2 multiple choice questions each week and assesses the students' uptakes of the course contents and is accounted 20% of the final grade in ENV III.
    Submission



    Task/Assignment No. & Name Due date Time Weight Submission Method
    Assignment 1: Urban Environment Reading 12 Aug 10pm 20 online 
    Assignment 2a: Outdoor microclimate assessment 23 Sep 10pm 20 online 
    Assignment 2b: Site microclimate simulation 7 Oct 10pm 20 online 
    Assignment 3: Designing for Sustainable Adelaide 4 Nov 10pm 20 online and presentation
    Weekly Quizzes Mondays  10pm 20 online via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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