Current EcoTAP Courses

Current EcoTAP Courses

NOTE: Course listings here are for illustrative purposes only; they may differ slightly from the current academic schedule. Use WebAdvisor as your primary source for all course information when registering.

Undergrad: ARCHT-434-01 (660) Eco: Building Energy
Undergrad: ARCHT-434-02 (661) Eco: Building Energy
Grad: MARCH-634-01 (714) Eco: Building Energy
Grad: MARCH-634-02 (715) Eco: Building Energy
Instructor: Nathaniel Brown and Stet Sanborn
This course provides a basic understanding of the dynamic thermal and visual environments created by the enclosure of space and of the phenomena that create these environments. This includes the basic principles of heat transfer and human comfort. Course content follows the traditional range of topics: heat transfer, human comfort, site concerns, solar geometry and shading, wind and ventilation, thermal behavior of materials, heating and cooling load analysis, climate design strategies, vernacular climate response, vision and light, natural light, and mechanical systems

Science & Math
SCIMA-200-01 (760) Eco: Plant Matters
Instructor: Carol Manahan
This class introduces the study of plants for artists and designers, investigating topics such as the origin and evolution of plants; form, development, reproduction, and identification; ecological roles and interactions with other species; food, medicine, and materials; preindustrial and contemporary agriculture, including genetic engineering. We will consider contemporary questions such as: What do plants know? How they they know it? Why do people like forests? Who owns plants? Who owns plant knowledge? Finally, we will experiment with plants, from ecological observation, to gardening, to uses such as wood, textiles, and paper, to elements of art and design. We will look at plants, smell them, taste them, touch them, in the lab, on campus, and out in the field. Projects will reflect both scientific and studio interests.

Science & Math
SCIMA-200-11 (770) Eco: Intro Environmntal Science
Instructor: Carol Manahan
This course explores environmental science as both a system of knowledge and a hands-on approach to research. The class will engage a citizen-science phenology research project that traces the impacts of climate change on population and life cycles of plants, both on campus and on field trips. We will consider: biodiversity, ecology, air quality, water quality, pollution, and human impacts, and test the implications of our research for creative practice in art and design fields.

Science & Math
SCIMA-200-12 (4047) Eco: The Ecology of Clothing
SCIMA-214-01 (4042) Eco: The Ecology of Clothing
Instructor: Lynda Grose
What are the environmental ramifications of our design decisions, and how can we mitigate or leapfrog them through our ideas? What is the role of design in the current ecological crisis? Students will review the ecological crisis and how fashion/textiles contribute to this state of affairs. Interdisciplinary eco philosophies and methodologies will be reviewed, and students will be encouraged to use their skills as designers to develop creative solutions to technical challenges in moving the fashion industry towards sustainability. The content of the class will be explored through a series of lectures and class exercises, in which students have the opportunity to test sustainability methodologies and tools for themselves. Class time is structured around class exercises and lectures, relevant field trips, guest speakers and videos. A reader is provided.

Science & Math
SCIMA-200-13 (768) Eco: Green Science
Instructor: Wiliam Alschuler
When we say some thing or practice or process is "Green," what do we mean? Can we believe Green labels? For example, what about LEED ratings for buildings? Energy Star ratings for appliances? Is there such a thing as a process with no waste? Why are renewable energy schemes tied to fossil fuels, and can they be untied? Is there a criterion for examining the sustainability of processes such as making ethanol biofuel from corn? What about impacts of such processes outside the energy market, such as on the food market? Is local food always better? Is there truth to the notion that Native Americans have always lived lightly upon the land? Why was Easter Island abandoned? What is our responsibility to current and future generations? Is there a sustainable future in the face of unlimited population growth? Can technology save us? Was Malthus right? Through examinations of historical and current case studies and topics and hands-on assignments, we will investigate these and related topics, to find our way to an idea of sustainability based on sound science and ethical behavior.

Interdisciplinary Studios
UDIST-300-12 (304) Eco: ET Integrated Art Science
Instructor: Jody Gillerman
Explore Art and Science. Broaden horizons with unique experiences, field trips and dialogue at the intersection of art and science, culture and ethics. Create works integrating art and science in a medium of your choice and in a cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary environment. In a world moving toward extremes, where technology and paradigm shifts have potential to outstrip ethics, provocative creative art and science investigations can reach across boundaries, creating hybrids, collaborations and alliances that are increasingly more relevant as we become more ecologically aware and globally conscious. You will have opportunity to research and create art inspired by science topics of your choice. Interpretations may be abstract, conceptual, or representational. Topics may range from Astrobiology to Eco/Green, Bio-ethics to Genetics, Extraterrestrials to Climate Change, Neuro to Nano. Works may be interdisciplinary, collaborative, installation, sculpture, painting, design, architecture, fashion, film, writing, other. Final works will be exhibited at an off-campus venue TBD.