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MDS Studio Intensive: Nature, Neighborhood, City


This Intensive launches the Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design through an immersive workshop in Boston accompanied by related study online. It is required for students enrolled in the MDS program and open only to those students. The course gathers the MDS cohort in Boston for individual and team exploration of a broad range of issues in sustainable design and the integrated design process focusing on developing a whole systems understanding of site, neighborhood, and region. Through lectures, seminars, field trips, and design projects, students work individually and as a team to develop a framework for understanding these issues and making value based design decisions. The course provides the knowledge to engage an ecological planning and design process from a holistic, whole systems approach grounded in an understanding of natural systems and their relationship to systems within the built environment. Topics covered during the Intensive include: o Meanings of Nature o Energy in its Natural Form o Ecology o Ecological Systems in the Microcosm o Integrative Design o Waterbalance o Neighborhood Ecology o Neighborhood Scale Sustainable Design o Ecological Systems in the City o Regional Patterns Most assignments will be completed individually, but teams of students will be assigned to analyze problem and conduct research together where appropriate during the intensive. Follow-up homework maybe completed by teams by permission of the instructor.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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