Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Architecture

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Sustainable development is defined as a process of meeting human development goals while sustaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depends. On other hands, sustainable development is the organizing principle for sustaining finite resources necessary to provide for the needs of future generations of life on the planet. It is a process that envisions a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use continue to meet human needs without undermining the "integrity, stability and beauty" of natural biotic systems. Creative sustainable development is considered as an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability that combines architecture, urban planning, geography, arts and social science. Creative Sustainable Development looks at creative and participatory solutions as well as at practical ideas of how we can improve our cities and lifestyles, and will cover the fields of (Sustainability, smart materials, acoustics, lighting, Green architecture., Performative Architecture., LEED, Eco-tech, zero carbon, zero energy buildings, Landscape design, healing environment, sustainable housing, smart buildings, sustainable cities, etc).

The focus is to let staff members, researchers and students support their researches and projects by environmental studies and inspire concepts from environmental approaches, based on the capability of the Environmental Lab and the weather station. In other words, it considered as a meeting-point for using severe qualitative research methods related to Creative Sustainable Development. A particular emphasis is placed on the value and importance of stakeholder partnerships on issues of creative sustainable development; establish an effective channel of communication between policy-makers, governmental agencies, academics, and professionals working in the field of Creative Sustainable Development.

The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, population growth as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in research and education curriculums. However, creative sustainable development approach brings together researchers from different fields to work in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different disciplines and enables adapting a holistic approach. This activates researchers to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

The Competence of the Research Areas

  • Developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, research skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
  • Integrating analytic and systemic thinking in critical research problem solving that creates new holistic understanding about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.
  • Enhancing capabilities in multidisciplinary research team leadership and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts.

Scope of Research

  • Creative sustainability in Architecture
  • Indoor environment
  • Building performance & Building retrofitting
  • Passive design systems
  • Sustainable cities
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Sustainable Construction and Building Technology
  • Sustainable Development Dentistry
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Sustainable rural developments
  • Sustainability and the built environment
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Sustainable policies and planning
  • Environmental planning and management
  • Sustainable tourism