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Architectural Education in Israel as a Means of Advancing Sustainable Planning

Examining ways (content and methods) for an educated integration of the subjects of sustainability and quality of the environment in the architectural studio in schools of architecture in Israel.

Background: A preliminary study indicates that sustainability and quality of the environment are not leading subjects in the architectural studio in schools of architecture in Israel, despite broad consensus between the studio teachers that they are important. Theoretical knowledge and its implementation on the subjects of sustainability and quality of the environment in an architectural context exist in the academe and in current practice. Its integration is vital at the fundamental level of the architect's profile.

Workshops on the integration of sustainability as a leading subject in the architectural studio, are held by the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion and in collaboration with the Samuel Neaman Institute. The themes for the workshops are decided in accordance to the study outlines of the architectural studio sillaby in the various years.

Workshops participants: (1) Experts from the architectural practice; (2) Experts from the academe; (3) The active group – studio teachers especially committed and involved in the workshops, and (4) The studio teachers.

The experts from the architectural practice, the experts from the academe and the active group of studio teachers draft position papers before each meeting. The papers are distributed among the participants of the three groups before the workshop.

Following each workshop, a summary that outlines recommended content and methods of integrating sustainability and quality of the environment in the architectural studio is drafted. These documents will be produced as pamphlets on behalf of the Samuel Neaman Institute.

 

The subjects of the workshop that took place in 2010 were:

 

  • Beginnings in Architectural Education (1st year studio)
  • Dwelling and Housing (2nd and 3rd year studio)
  • Structures, details and technology (all years)
  • Urban design, open spaces and urban landscape (2nd, 3rd and 4th year studio)
  • Interior design - (2nd, 3rd and 4th year studio)
  • Complex structures (3rd, 4th and 5th year)


Workshops;

  1. General view and beginnings. The subjects of sustainability and environmental quality as basic architectural values.
  2.  Residences - the most important subjects in planning a residential environment.
  3.  Constructional systems and shells - suitable for all the architectural studios.
  4.  Urban design - suitable for studio in urban design (second, third and fourth year).
  5.  Complex structures - suitable for studio in the third year and higher.

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