The FIT (Façade Integrated Technologies) Testing Center had a “soft opening” on April 15. This new lab is part of Associate Professor Ihab Elzeyadi’s High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE) that is a signature research facility of the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST). Full story: http://bit.ly/13kF9b7
Associate Professor Nico Larco has lectured at the Bartlett, Sciences-Po Paris, Sciences-Po Lyon, and the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona while on sabbatical and as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain over the 2012/13 academic year. Some of the lectures focused on his current research on a Sustainable Urban Design Framework and others focused on the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) that he Co-Founded and Co-Directs. Prof. Larco also gave a two-day International Seminar on Sustainable Urban Design for students, academics, and professionals at the University of Navarra in Spain.
The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) hosted the second annual Sustainable City Year Program Conference in April. This conference included over twenty universities from the US and abroad that were interested in replicating the internationally awarded SCYP program run at the University of Oregon. Four universities that attended the conference last year have already implemented programs and presented their progress and lessons learned as part of this year's conference. SCI Co-Directors Associate Professor Nico Larco from Architecture and Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg from PPPM led the conference.
Associate Professor Nico Larco and Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg received the 2012 Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for their founding and leadership of Sustainable Cities Initiative.
The UO Department of Architecture had outstanding participation at the American Solar Energy Society Solar 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland April 16-20, 2013. Faculty, students, and alums in attendance to present papers, moderate sessions, and attend the Society of Building Science Educators Annual Meeting. UO architecture historically has played a large role at the national solar conference and this year was as energetic as the past record. Here are the papers and participation from faculty and students:
Meilissa Anderson, Alison Kwok: Zero Net Energy Education: Are We There Yet?
Ihab Elzeyadi: The Right Light: A Comparative Field Assessment of Daylighting Quality and Visual Comfort Inside LEED-rated Elementary Schools; and People + Buildings: A Dialogue Assessing the Application of Occupants' Engagement in Positive Energy Behaviors in Buildings
Esther Hagenlocher: Color Reflectivity in Daylit Spaces: How Color Reflectivity Affects Experience and Performance
Heather Nelson, Sophia Duluk, Alison Kwok: Comparison of Solar Evaluation Tools: From Learning to Practice
John Reynolds: moderator
Martha Bohm: Energy Simulation in Passive Design: Tools for Considering the Invisible
Alfredo Fernandez-Gonsalez (1999) : A Model for Collecting Hourly Simulations of Water Flows in Buildings Featuring Simulations of Water Flows in Buildings
Troy Peters: Modeling Comfort for Passive Solar Savings; It's Complicated: Choosing the Best Type of Glazing for a Passive Solar Building; Teaching Zero Net Energy Design in Non-Studio Setting; Smartphone and Daylight
Alexandra Rempel: Oregon Sunspace Redesign/build: New Priorities for Thermal Mass
Yingying Liu: Study on Daylight Usage Design: Perception of Shadows Visual Comfort
The Anthony Wong Scholarship for Research in Sustainable Design, supported Melissa Anderson, Heather Nelson, and Sophia Duluk to travel to the conference.
Professor Howard Davis, Graduate Director, and Associate Professor Hajo Neis, Ph.D., Director of the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL), presented a double lecture at Meiji University in Tokyo as part of ‘The Academic Exchange Symposium’ with Meiji University in Tokyo. The topics of the double lecture were ‘Postindustrial Craftsmanship’ by Howard Davis, and ‘Buildings and Building Designs by CES and HNA in Japan,’ by Hajo Neis.