Culture & Sustainability
About the course
Culture is often overlooked in the discourse on sustainability. Yet globalization potentially erodes heritage and culture in response to modernization. This course will provide a balanced understanding of the green agenda that goes beyond the triple bottom line to also address the cultural, spatial and technological issues that beset our built environment. In particular, this course will demonstrate how the principles of sustainability can be applied in the conservation, restoration and adaptation of historic structures; focus on integrating the conservation of the built heritage into urban and regional planning as a means of enhancing heritage tourism. It will explore ways in which tested building and conservation techniques still meet emerging standards for sustainability and energy conservation; and provide an insight into how indigenous building materials and passive design techniques help retain local cultural identity.