Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering (Master's Course) Division of Advanced Science and Engineering Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program
Lecture Code WSQN1201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Sustainable Architecture B
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Sustainable Architecture B
クボタ テツ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues7-8,Weds7-8:IDEC 201
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
- Class style: Online (I will change it to face-to-face lectures whenever possible. )
- Application softwares: Bb9 and MS Teams
- Start date: 14 April 2020 (Tuesday) 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 14 : Architecture
Eligible Students Any graduate students of Hiroshima University
Keywords Sustainable architecture, Site visits, Latest examples, Traditional houses, Energy-saving, Low-carbon technology, Passive cooling, Residential building, Energy consumption 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course highlights a brief history of Japanese houses. We analyze changes that Japanese houses experienced, focusing especially on the period from the post-war era until the present. This course discusses what was changed and what is remained during that period in particular. By taking the dramatic post-war era of Japan for example, we discusses how architectural culture and living environment change in the course of the development of a nation. This ultimately aims to project the future aspect of sustainable architecture in the growing countries such as those in Asia.

One of the unique features of this course is probably the site visits. One of the most effective ways to learn about sustainable architecture is to visit the sites and experience the actual environments. This course provides students with several opportunities to visit sustainable architecture in and around Higashi-Hiroshima. After each of the site visits, the students discuss the sustainable techniques that were seen in the examples. The results of the discussions are presented by the students afterwards. The practices that are going to be visited include not only modern buildings but also traditional houses in order to investigate the above-mentioned changes that Japanese houses experienced after the post-war era. 
Class Schedule 1. Introduction
   - Introduction to the course
   - Background: Japanese climates
   - Traditional and modern Japanese houses in brief
   - Course schedule
2. Lecture: Modern Japanese houses
   - Housing policy in the post-war years
   - Housing in figures
   - Changes in Japanese houses
   - Briefing for Site Visit 1
3. Site visit_1: Modern Japanese houses
   - Higashi-Hiroshima Housing Fair
4. Plan for site visit_2: Modern Japanese houses
   - Summary of Site Visit 1: other interesting examples in Hiroshima
   - Grouping
   - Plan the site visit(s) 2 and prepare a brief proposal in group, etc.
5. Site visit_2: Modern Japanese houses
6. Site visit_2: Modern Japanese houses
7. Group discussion: Modern Japanese houses
   - Discuss the results of site visits
8. Presentation: Modern Japanese houses
   - Present the results of site visits in group
9. Lecture: Traditional Japanese houses
   - Background: climate and culture
   - Ancient houses
   - The period of court rule
   - Feudal ages
10. Site visit_3: Traditional Japanese houses
   - Former Ishii’s residence
11. Plan for site visit_4
   - Summary of Site Visit 3: a brief measurement results
   - Grouping
   - Plan the site visit(s) 4 and prepare a brief proposal in group, etc.
12. Site visit_4: Traditional Japanese houses
13. Site visit_4: Traditional Japanese houses
14. Group discussion: Traditional Japanese houses
   - Discuss the results of site visits
15. Presentation: Traditional Japanese houses
   - Present the results of site visits in group 
- Further readings are listed in the syllabus of 'Sustainable Architecture I'. 
PC or AV used in
MS Power Point 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Some transportation fees may be needed to go to the sites. Yet it is not expensive. 
Requirements This course is open to any graduate student. It has no stipulated pre-requisites and is open to all majors. However, the students are encouraged to take the course ‘Sustainable Architecture I’ at the same time. 
Grading Method Course evaluation: Presentation (80%) and Participation (20%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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