Studio leaders: Josephine Lettieri and Patricia Stocca
At COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
This studio is a continuation of last semester’s body of work exploring ways to reduce energy usage in the built environment and reach carbon neutrality. Through the education program lens, students will learn to adapt, reuse and explore new spatial configurations to synthesis existing and new building fabric over a full building life cycle. You will investigate how building performance can assist Australia’s response to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. This studio will test ideas of how public-school education learning environments need to adapt to meet emerging challenges around pedagogy, technology and the climate. You will be guided by the same studio leaders as last semester, supported by multidisciplinary design consultants to challenge conventional interdisciplinary thinking between engineering and architecture in order to promote integrated design outcomes. This studio is a collaborative approach to innovation and sustainability that dismantles traditional hierarchy between engineering and architecture as both disciplines are reliant on each other to foster integrated design led thinking. You will be guided by practicing architects, Patricia Stocca and Josephine Lettieri on how integrated design outcomes need not compromise architectural expression.
CO2_Zero is one of three integrated Design Studios offered in MSD Semester 2, 2020. You will be exposed to state-of-the-art research from the LEARN research hub as well as other specialists in education design. You will engage with a real Client (the ACT government’s Education Directorate) using existing school building stock as case studies. This studio will include a select number of students from Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE). This studio has an emphasis on advancing renewable technologies toward nett zero energy use in buildings and will include a research agenda that aims to change current paradigms around how architecture and engineering interact.