Teaching Sustainability: Applying Studio Pedagogy to Develop an Alternative Post- Hurricane Housing Solution Using Surplus Shipping Containers

American Real Estate Society
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The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, 2010, 2 (1), pp. 335 - 360
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This paper illustrates the use of studio teaching as a technique for promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students about sustainability. It emphasizes an iterative decision-making process to help students think `outside the box when exploring sustainable solutions. The paper focuses on a particular case adopted by a combined studio of architecture and landscape architecture students to help provide sustainable housing solutions for post-hurricane victims. The studio format provides a student-centered learning environment where students, faculty, and industry professionals work together to propose alternative post-disaster housing and community restoration strategies. The students gained a heightened understanding of the need to address global challenges in an interdisciplinary manner, which is key for solving sustainability problems.
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