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A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating the Concept of Sustainability into Design-to-Physical-Construction Teaching in Introductory Architectural Design Courses: A Case Study on a Bamboo Construction Project

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Key Laboratory of Advanced Manufacturing Technology of Zhejiang Province, State Key Laboratory of Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems, School of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
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School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China
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Department of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin 112000, China
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The Department of Architecture, Zhejiang University of Technology Zhijiang College, Shaoxing 312030, China
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School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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Key Laboratory of Urban Rail Transit Intelligent Operation and Maintenance Technology & Equipment of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321005, China
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Academic Editor: Kay Stables
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7692; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147692
Received: 27 May 2021 / Revised: 23 June 2021 / Accepted: 29 June 2021 / Published: 9 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Design Education for Sustainability)
Sustainable architectural education is offered in colleges and universities all over the world. Studies have emphasized the importance of sustainable architectural education in introductory courses of architecture major programs, but methods and strategies for teaching sustainable architecture at lower levels are scarce. This study focuses on the design-to-physical-construction process and creates a teaching framework that incorporates the concept of sustainable development from the perspectives of sustainable economy, environment and society. Based on the teaching method of learning through the design-to-physical-construction process and referring to the grounded theory, a case study on a bamboo construction project was conducted to explore approaches and strategies of sustainable architectural education in introductory courses. Results reveal that five systems, including the system of sustainable development, consist of a framework that illustrated the teaching effects. Based on the framework, we discovered five factors that should be considered in incorporating the concept of sustainable development into architectural design teaching, including the necessity of conducting sustainable architectural education in introductory courses. This study helps explore the potential role sustainability plays in incorporating interdisciplinary knowledge, connecting specialized knowledge across different program levels, and motivating student learning. It also provides a reference for the practice of sustainable architectural education. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable architectural education; sustainability; architectural design teaching; architectural education among lower levels; learning by doing sustainable architectural education; sustainability; architectural design teaching; architectural education among lower levels; learning by doing
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Xiang, X.; Wu, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, B.; Wang, X.; Wan, A.; Huang, T.; Hu, L. A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating the Concept of Sustainability into Design-to-Physical-Construction Teaching in Introductory Architectural Design Courses: A Case Study on a Bamboo Construction Project. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7692. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147692

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Xiang X, Wu Q, Zhang Y, Zhu B, Wang X, Wan A, Huang T, Hu L. A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating the Concept of Sustainability into Design-to-Physical-Construction Teaching in Introductory Architectural Design Courses: A Case Study on a Bamboo Construction Project. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):7692. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147692

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Xiang, Xingwei, Qian Wu, Ye Zhang, Bifeng Zhu, Xiaoji Wang, Anping Wan, Tongle Huang, and Luoke Hu. 2021. "A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating the Concept of Sustainability into Design-to-Physical-Construction Teaching in Introductory Architectural Design Courses: A Case Study on a Bamboo Construction Project" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 7692. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147692

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