Towards a Renewable Adaptive Recyclable and Environmental Architecture

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    Luther, Mark Brandt
    Altomonte, Sergio
    Coulson, J.
    2006 Conference Papers
    Indicators of Sustainable Building
    The Education of Future Architects


ABSTRACT: Research in pursuit of an effective response to the demands for a sustainable
architecture has lead towards the conception of a Renewable, Adaptive, Recyclable and Environmental
(R.A.R.E.) building typology. The term R.A.R.E. expresses issues that have assumed central
importance in the current architectural debate. This paper establishes the principles of the typology,
drawing on the contents and pedagogical methods applied in a building technology academic course,
at fourth year level. The R.A.R.E methodology is presented to and explored by students in the search
for a definition of an innovative architecture, which is both progressive and sustainable. The unit is
structured into eight subjects: Sustainable Site & Climate Analysis; Flexible & Adaptive Structural
Systems; Renewable & Environmental Building Materials; Modular Building Systems; Innovative
Building Envelope Systems; Renewable & Non-conventional Energy Systems; Innovative Heating,
Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems; Water Collection & Storage Systems. Through a holistic and
integrated approach, the unit presents a comprehensive overview of these ‘Sustainable Building
Categories’, so that the students can produce a guide towards the design requirements of a
Renewable, Adaptive, Recyclable and Environmental (R.A.R.E.) Architecture.


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