This programme in Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment is a unique opportunity to learn and develop skills in a cross-disciplinary environment. it is made up of four parallel specialisms in:
1. Contested Space;
2. Critical Spatial Processes
3. Materials, Components and Systems
Its aim in offering specialisms at different scales in sustainability is to facilitate the shared exchange of knowledge and practice and the opportunity of inter-disciplinary and collaborative learning and working. We encourage and facilitate students to develop a critical approach to the interaction between sustainability research, theory and practice, and in particular their own praxis, and can provide students with opportunities to up-skill in the context of sustainability.
Our students will have the opportunity to build appropriate professional networks (and extend their existing networks) within the field of sustainability and help position graduates as key participants and protagonists and leaders in the global green economy and wider society. Students will be able to engage, through live projects, with the latest thinking and processes in sustainable practices.
The overall programme aims are to ensure that each graduating student has:
•an understanding of how the concept of sustainability impacts on Built Environment practices in general and their practice in particular.
•an understanding of a range of research and design methodologies and an ability to select, develop and trial methods appropriate to a specific practice context.
•an ability to identify, draw on and contribute to appropriate networks both directly and remotely in order to build a sustainable bank of knowledge, interconnections and approaches. (only MSc and PG Dip)
•experience of a multi-disciplinary/ multi-stakeholder approach, and how it impacts on the sustainable design, specification and management of those aspects of the built environment relevant to their specialism.
•a contemporary range of verbal and visual representation skills in order to facilitate communication and exchange across a range of stakeholders.
•an ability to undertake a substantial, specialist and independent research project that is built off a sustainability strategy, possibly in collaboration with a client (MSc only).
Materials, Components and Systems
Examining sustainability through in-depth understanding of building materials and systems and appropriate means of prototyping, testing and simulating.
Critical Spatial Processes
Investigating alternative and critical forms of spatial practice within an ethical and economic dimension.
Drawing on one of the School’s specialist international research areas: working within contested and post-conflict contexts.