1st Edition

Designing for the Climate Emergency A Guide for Architecture Students

    304 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    We are in a climate emergency. Architects must be part of the radical change needed. This book guides architecture student to create truly sustainable designs. Demonstrating holistic design approaches through 10 key themes, it guides students through the different stages of the design process in five illustrated chapters. Reflecting the years of study, it provides step-changes towards eventual architecture practice. Unique features include key checklists, case studies, student examples and an extensive glossary.


    Chapter 0: Climate Emergency Fundamentals

    Chapter 1: Exploring Your Context: Researching and Analysing Your Site (Step 1)

    Chapter 2: Defining a Design Concept, Creating Values and Goals (Step 2)

    Chapter 3: Imagining Climate Emergency Design Strategies (Step 3)

    Chapter 4: Testing and Developing Climate Emergency Design Strategies (Step 4)

    Chapter 5: Validating and Communicating Your Approach (Step 4 & 5)


    Annex I: Technical insulation data table

    Annex II: Worked Example of U-Value Calculation Glossary Further Reading


    Sofie Pelsmakers is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Housing Design at Tampere University, Finland. Sofie is author of The Environmental Design Pocket Book.

    Aidan Hoggard is University Teacher and Director of Learning and Teaching and Technology Enhanced Learning Leader at Sheffield University School of Architecture, UK.

    Urszula Kozminska is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture at Aarhus.

    Elizabeth Donovan is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture at Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, and an expert in holistic sustainable architecture.