Aalto University Summer School

Climate Change, Health and Architecture

Future-oriented introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.
Aerial shot of the Korkeakoulunaukio square. There are solar panels on the Väre roof and trees on the square.

Teaching period:

-

Application period:

1.2.2021 – 30.6.2021

Course format:

Online

Duration:

2 weeks full-time

Eligibility:

Doctoral
Master
Professional

Field of study:

Art and design

Credits:

6 ECTS

Organiser:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Tuition fees:

1400€

The application period will open 1.2.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

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

The changing climate is causing increased stress to both buildings and their users. The built environment is also a key source of emissions. Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement is not possible without strong action in construction.

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. This course offers an evidence-based, clear and factual introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.

Students sitting by an interesting wooden table doing a puzzle
Students will create an action plan for carbon neutrality and health.

Future-oriented action plan

Climate Change, Health and Architecture is a future-oriented intensive where each student creates an adaptation action plan specifically for their chosen context. During the two intensive lecture weeks, students learn the basics of climate change and its impacts on the built environment and human health. They learn to identify the effects of climate change in their own communities, to evaluate the risks and to create strategies for climate-conscious design and decision-making processes that can change the course of the future.

Course assignments focus on actions towards achieving carbon neutrality. Through inspiring lectures and the exploration of future scenarios, students apply their skills to a practical adaptation and mitigation strategy for an area of their choice.

The application period will open 1.2.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

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