Aalto University Summer School launches Climate, Health and Architecture as an online course for summer 2022

How should we direct building to support the planet's health and the health of the people? How well do we realize and understand the health effects of climate change?
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Changing climate is causing increased stress to both buildings and their users. Today, the built environment is responsible for a large part of global greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is also the underlying driver behind many physical and mental health threats. This applies not only to humans but to most life on our planet.

The  Climate, Health and Architecture summer course offers an evidence-based, clear and factual introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.

Aalto University Summer School launches Climate, Health and Architecture as an online course, running from the end of May to the beginning of July  2022. The online, partly asynchronous format of the course makes it accessible to a wide variety of learners from different time zones.

The course begins with four weeks of self-study, consisting of high-quality pre-recorded lectures, guided assignments and a short weekly Zoom session with the course teachers and participants. The experience culminates in a week-long intensive with daily virtual and interactive sessions. Working professionals are accommodated with shorter days during the intensive.

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‘We all know how powerful lifestyle choices can be for personal health. In this course, we learn about collective choices we can make as citizens and advocates for a better tomorrow for everyone. I am so optimistic about our students!’ says Laura Arpiainen.

The course is led by Laura Arpiainen, Professor of Health and Wellbeing Architecture at Aalto University and Matti Kuittinen, Professor of Resource-efficient Construction at Aalto University and Senior Specialist at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.

‘I was expecting to have more knowledge on the topics and be inspired by that, but I have gained even more: an inner inspiration by questioning the things we do and thinking about actions. The combination between lectures, group assignments and individual work was really good.’, says Annemarleen Kersbergen, course alumna from summer 2021.

‘We must change how we design, build and operate our built environment. By doing so, we can not only mitigate the ongoing climate change but also support the wellbeing of all life on this planet.’ says Matti Kuittinen.

The application period is open, and the Summer School accepts applications on a rolling admission until May 10 2022. Read more and apply here!

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Climate, Health and Architecture

Future-oriented introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health. The course is open to architects, designers, artists, planners, health professionals, policy developers, activists and optimistic future-makers!

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