Environment and Technology
Environment and Technology brings together two overlapping fields of research in the Department of Architecture: environmental design, and practice driven research into the history and on-going technological development of architecture. Specific areas of identified interest include a-typical construction technologies, the innovative and efficient use of materials, human comfort and the environmental envelope, systems building design, computational tools in architecture, interaction design in the built environment, day-lighting and acoustics. Research outputs include authored and edited books, regular journal and magazine articles and on-going practice driven research into the history and on-going technological development of architecture. The group invites interest for PhD study in any of the above technologies of architecture.
Within the context of the global environmental and energy challenges facing current and future generations of architects, the foci of the environmental design research agenda are the generative potential of environmental design as a practice; the shortfalls between predicted and actual performance of buildings; the socio-cultural and physical interaction between inhabitants and their built environments and the integration and effective application of environmental design into architectural practice. A variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to address these questions.
Research into the history and on-going technological development of architecture includes research into a-typical construction technologies; the innovative use of materials; bioclimatic design; human comfort and the environmental envelope; systems building design; passive cooling; day-lighting and acoustics. Research activities and outputs include authored and edited books, regular journal and magazine articles and practice-driven and funded research into the historic and contemporary relationship between architecture, design, culture, the environmental and technology.