Design for Sustainable Development

Degree: Master
University: Chalmers University of Technology , Faculty: Masters Programmes in English
City: Gothenburg , Country: Sweden
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Admission deadline January 17
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Sustainable development is a political vision that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for urban planning, architectural design and civil engineering, since it is here the full complexity of societal development has to be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development.

    The aim of this programme is to provide skills and methods valid in situations of change in which design approaches are required. Students will be trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements and products.

    The programme is based on studios in which real situations are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors. The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments, through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user friendly design solutions.

    The Chalmers School of Architecture emphasises an explorative orientation and research by design approach in order to unfold the professional profile, skill and scope of the design professions. The ambition is to promote convincing joint future visions for the development of the built environment. Who should apply The programme welcomes students with a background in architecture, design, physical planning and civil engineering, interested in contributing to a sustainable development as design professionals.

    Why apply

    Chalmers architecture is noted for:

    * Its humanistic view of architecture
    * Design projects based on real tasks and problems in society
    * Contacts with users in briefings and designing
    * Open interaction between teachers and students
    * An inspiring atmosphere, free of prestige

    Emphasis also lies in: * Integration of research in education
    * Respect for existing built structures as cultural, social and economic resources
    * Co-operation with other disciplines


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