Class Urban Ecology and Sustainability

  • Presentation


    The discipline of Urban Ecology and Sustainability is governed by content related to the training and activity of the architect in the field of urban ecology and sustainable development, from the theoretical and political to the strategic and operative domain.

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  • Syllabus


    - The city as an ecosystem.
    - Fundamentals of environmental, technological, economic, and socio-cultural sustainability.
    - Essential values in urban intervention at the environmental, social, and experiential level.
    - The inputs and outputs of the system: energy, water, and food vs air pollution and effluents.
    - Urban growth and urban density.
    - The ecological footprint.
    - National legislation and international directives.
    - Regulatory institutions.
    - The importance of urban regeneration.
    - Urban strategies for sustainable mobility and sustainable construction.
    - Concepts of garden-city, eco-cities, and eco-neighborhoods.
    - Concepts of polycentrism, green corridors, and ecological structure of the city-region (cf. Decree-Law 380/99).
    - Parameters for analyzing the sustainability of the urban fabric. - Sustainability, resilience, and quality of life.

  • Objectives


    - apprehend the importance of environmental and ecological values ¿¿for sustainable development and the role of the architect in that context;

    - identify the main concepts, policies, and recent theories in the field of urban ecology and sustainability.

    - recognize the existing instruments and documents related to the environment and sustainable development, as well as how to read and interpret these documents and their interrelationships.
    - know how to analyze the urban fabric according to ecological, comfort, health, and safety parameters (micro-climates, heat islands, ventilation corridors, permeable areas, biodiversity, retention basins, water lines, noise, earthquake risk, walking paths, green spaces, and bike lanes.
    - master intervention strategies in the urban fabric in order to improve the ecological quality of the city.
    - achieve critical and instrumental operability in successive approaches to intervention scales in the territory.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    As the subject is of a theoretical-practical nature, the teaching methodology results from a combination of:
    a) theoretical classes;
    b) classes taught by guests of the specialty;
    c) Study visits or assistance to conferences that relate to the topics under study;
    d) tutorial guidance and phased presentations of the work developed.

    The general evaluation criteria result from a combination of:
    - continuous assessment (20%), which includes attendance, assertiveness, evolution, and elaboration of exercises carried out in class or reports on the topics covered in class or on study visits.
    - group work (30%)
    - individual work (50%)
    The specific evaluation criteria for the exercises/works vary according to the specific objectives of the proposed statements.

    Students are required to attend at least 75% of the classes taught. Exceptions are made for students with student worker status.

  • References


    • AMADO, Miguel Pires, Planeamento urbano sustentável, Caleidoscópio, 2009.
    • BETTINI, Virginio Elementos de Ecologia Urbana. Trotta, 1998, ISBN 8481642614.
    • CABRAL, Francisco Caldeira, O Continuum Naturale e a Conservação da Natureza, in ¿Conservação da Natureza¿, Serviços de estudos do Ambiente, Lisboa, 1980.
    • CANNATÀ, Michele; FERNANDES, Fátima, Territórios reabilitados: revamped landscape, Caleidoscópio, 2009.
    • CONDON, Seven rules for sustainable communities: design strategies for the post-carbon world, Island Press, 2010. 
    • DÍAZ, Fernando Gaja, Revolución informacional, crisis ecológica y Urbanismo, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Valência, 2005, ISBN 8497057821.
    • FARR, Douglas, Sustainable urbanism: urban design with nature, Wiley, 2008.
    • FRANCO, Maria de Assunção Ribeiro, Planeamento ambiental para a cidade sustentável, Annablume, 2000, ISBN 8574190985.



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