Climate, Health and Architecture

This course is a future-oriented introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health. The course is open to architects, designers, artists, planners, health professionals, policy developers, activists and optimistic future-makers.
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Schedule:

Teaching time:

Daytime

Location:

Online

Topic:

Built environment

Form of learning:

Online

Provider:

Aalto University Summer School

Level:

Intermediate

Credits:

3 By Aalto University (ECTS)

Fee:

1200 € 6 ECTS / 600€ 3 ECTS

Course description

This course is offered in two different versions: 3 ECTS and 6 ECTS. The 3 ECTS version is well-suited for anyone who is interested in learning more about the relations between health, construction and climate change and benefits from a flexible and partly asynchronous course that can be completed on a busy schedule or while working. The 6 ECTS version allows you to deep-dive into a personal project based on your own interests and includes mentoring in one-on-one sessions and small groups.

Take action on climate change

How should we balance buildings so that they support the health of the planet and health of the people? How well do we realize and understand the health effects of climate change?

Changing climate is causing increased stress to both buildings and their users. Today, the built environment is responsible for about 40% of global greenhouse emissions. Climate change is also the underlying driver behind many threats to physical and mental health. This applies not only to humans but to most life on our planet.

Meeting the goals of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius as stated in the Paris Agreement is not possible without strong action in construction.

This course offers a future-oriented, clear, factual and optimistic introduction to climate change, its relationship to human health and the built environment. You will gain the tools you need to take action on climate change and learn how our joint efforts can stop the ongoing climate impact and support the well-being of all life on this planet.

Assignments and student work focus on actions towards achieving carbon neutrality, and vulnerability-based adaptation and mitigation plans for health.

Applying to the course

Apply by May 10th 2022. Note that all Summer School courses have rolling admission. Once the course is full, the registration is closed.

Climate Change, Health and Architecture accepts applications from Aalto degree students, exchange students, artists, professionals, and other lifelong learners. The minimum pre-requisite is a completed bachelor’s degree in any discipline or an alternate, significant experience (over 5 years) of professional practice. Special circumstances may also be considered. 

Course format

The course consists of several, short online asynchronous lectures from 30.5.-24.6.2022 with a one-hour Zoom meeting where you’ll get a weekly assignment. You can watch the lectures whenever it is suitable for you. The course culminates in an intensive online week with lectures and mentoring from 9-13 Helsinki time (GMT+3).

Course schedule and workload 3 ECTS

Phase Dates Content
Pre-class by 22 May

Pre-class reflection assignment: instructions and pre-readings will be delivered by the start of May

Self-study 30 May - 24 June

Weekly pre-recorded lectures, reading materials and 1h weekly live online course gathering

Intensive 27 June - 1 July Daily lectures
Post-class by 8 July Self-paced reflection assignment

 

The total course workload of 81h (3 ECTS) is divided as follows: 

  • 14h Contact hours
  • 8h Asynchronous lectures
  • 31h Individual assignments
  • 28h Reading and class preparation

The course is graded as pass/fail. 

Course schedule and workload 3 ECTS

Pre-class by 22 May

Preparatory assignment: instructions and pre-readings will be delivered by the start of May

Self-study 30 May - 24 June

Weekly pre-recorded lectures, reading materials, 1h weekly live online course gathering and assignments

Intensive 27 June - 1 July Daily lectures, mentoring meetings and assignments
Post-class by 8 July Portfolio assignment and course reflection

 

The total course workload of 160h (6 ECTS) is divided as follows: 

  • 19h Contact hours
  • 8h Asynchronous lectures
  • 100h Individual assignments
  • 33h Reading and class preparation

The course is graded as pass/fail. 

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for external students is 600€ for 3 ECTS and 1200€ for 6 ECTS (including VAT 24%).

There is no tuition fee for nominated exchange students from a partner institution of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and Aalto degree students. Reduced tuition fee (50%) for students from Aalto University partner institutions who are not nominated for exchange.

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