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Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues


Structures are sustainably sited based on an assessment of site specific climatic and natural conditions. An understanding of the geologic, hydrologic, and ecosystem processes, as well as regional climate, and site-specific microclimates, are the foundations upon which sustainable planning and design are based. This course will introduce principles and practices, and materials and methods that allow the realization of responsible solutions in today's burgeoning green marketplace. Students will explore the role that architects and other design team professionals share in generating sustainable site design as site elements are used to increase comfort levels and lower energy use and operating costs. In green practice, the site's climatic and environmental features directly influence form and location as architectural design moves beyond the building envelope and into the landscape.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* 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 For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email 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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