2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Designing Green

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Robert Leverich visual arts, architecture, Anthony Tindill sustainable design, Robert Knapp (W) physics, sustainable design

Fields of Study: architecture, community studies, environmental studies, physics, sociology and sustainability studies

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20184 (16) Fr; 20185 (16) So - Sr  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30192 (16) Fr; 30193 (16) So - Sr; 30638 (1-16)  Conditions Students new in Spring Quarter should have two or more quarters of college-level design study, drawing, and collaborative project experience.  

Credits: 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: Specific background: one quarter each of college-level introductory design and drawing, as provided in Designing Green Futures (Fall 2010) or equivalent. General requirement: willingness to tackle open-ended problems, respond with insight to real-world needs and obstacles, and produce carefully finished designs, fabrications, and writing.


Sustainable design imagines landscapes, buildings and objects of use that are responsive and responsible to environments and communities, that reuse and renew materials and energy, that draw lessons from natural systems and forms, and that use and build on the native design intelligence of human cultures. This program digs intensively into these topics, building on the background developed in Designing Green Futures (Fall 2010) or equivalent study elsewhere.

This program pays special attention to buildings—their history and traditions, design challenges and potentials, modes of construction, life cycles—within a general framework of sustainable design. Students will read, attend lectures, engage in hands-on workshops and do field research addressing ecological impacts, materials, building science, graphics and design process (including computer methods) and environmental design history. They will bring lessons from these disciplines to an integrative design studio—the pivotal activity of the program. Studio projects will address drawing and design fundamentals, thinking in three dimensions, programming, user involvement, ecological design responses, materials choices and construction systems, energy use and presentation skills. Readings, seminars and writing will ground students in current issues and ideas in sustainability, and enrich their design efforts. Work will build toward application projects on campus or in the surrounding community during Spring Quarter. These projects will involve students in real-world processes, constraints, and trade-offs—essential experience for those who wish to make a difference.

Maximum Enrollment: 52

Required Fees: Winter $25 for design studio equipment and supplies; Spring $100 for design studio equipment and supplies.

Internship Possibilities: Spring: with faculty approval.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: architecture; environmental affairs, design, and studies; government and non-profit organizations; and sustainable technologies.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 29th, 2010 Winter fees updated.
April 30th, 2010 New program added.