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Environmental Augmentation

Mohamad T. Araji
University of Manitoba Canada

Design professionals are seeking to embrace a holistic approach for sustainability innovation, whereby practices and technologies are utilized not only to minimize adverse environmental and social impacts but also to regenerate urban ecologies. This is inevitably vital to mitigate the consequential risks involving rapid population growth, urbanization, economic uncertainty, carbon emissions and energy use, resource and ecosystem challenges, and anthropomorphic climate change.

This lecture highlights research and practice methods toward achieving high performance urban systems. It demonstrates preeminent environmental design, building science and technology that strategize thinking to achieve low-impact responsive built environments. Such framework is relevant to masterplanning, building structures, systems analyses and detail assemblies. The content addresses environmental augmentation through advancing design process, concept generation, performance optimization, and coherent integrated typologies.