Engaging architects and architectural students in global warming awareness

Elnokaly, Amira and Elseragy, Ahmed and Elgebaly, Ingy (2008) Engaging architects and architectural students in global warming awareness. In: Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 22nd - 24th of October 2008, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Today, Global warming is a major dilemma facing our globe that has changed the world concerns to
reconsider the pollution sources affecting planet earth. This along with the tremendous increase in carbon
dioxide emissions all over the world in the last decade has simulated the EDRG (Environmental Design
Research Group, at the Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design Department) at the AAST
(Arab Academy for Science and Technology) to setting the Environmental awareness campaign in the
Schools of Alexandria, Egypt. The campaign is run mainly by Architecture professors, and both graduates
and postgraduates of the architecture department and this is where the novelty of this campaign mainly
lies and will be discussed in this paper. Environmental issues are not properly integrated in curricula of
secondary schools in Egypt, and attract quite a little attention there. Continuous research carried out by
the EDRG founded by the authors of this paper highlighted the problem of local environmental awareness
in Egypt and that it was one of the main obstacles behind lessening pollution rates in this region and
saving the environment. Therefore, this campaign has set this awareness program as today’s kids are the
aim of proper development in Egypt.
This project has two main objectives to fulfil; one is to engage the architectural students in raising
sustainable and environmental awareness in our non-sustainable societies and second is to raise
environmental awareness of school children and the youth by using artistic means, and to encourage them
to participate in solution of environmental problems in their communities. Theatre, movie, painting and
social role-plays are perceived as an interactive method to speak up global environmental problems in
understandable and creative way. The campaign promotes and aware students within all education levels
about the main reasons behind global warming, climate change and pollution and the proper use of
renewable energy technologies, ecological and sustainable approaches to decrease carbon dioxide
emissions all over the world and save our planet earth. The paper considers the role of environmental
awareness at an early stage in the proper application of alternative energy sources in our built
environment. The environmental awareness campaign is discussed along with its main aims and
outcomes in this paper. The paper also contemplates the role of Architects and Architecture students in
social interaction and in awareness of their communities.

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Additional Information:Today, Global warming is a major dilemma facing our globe that has changed the world concerns to reconsider the pollution sources affecting planet earth. This along with the tremendous increase in carbon dioxide emissions all over the world in the last decade has simulated the EDRG (Environmental Design Research Group, at the Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design Department) at the AAST (Arab Academy for Science and Technology) to setting the Environmental awareness campaign in the Schools of Alexandria, Egypt. The campaign is run mainly by Architecture professors, and both graduates and postgraduates of the architecture department and this is where the novelty of this campaign mainly lies and will be discussed in this paper. Environmental issues are not properly integrated in curricula of secondary schools in Egypt, and attract quite a little attention there. Continuous research carried out by the EDRG founded by the authors of this paper highlighted the problem of local environmental awareness in Egypt and that it was one of the main obstacles behind lessening pollution rates in this region and saving the environment. Therefore, this campaign has set this awareness program as today’s kids are the aim of proper development in Egypt. This project has two main objectives to fulfil; one is to engage the architectural students in raising sustainable and environmental awareness in our non-sustainable societies and second is to raise environmental awareness of school children and the youth by using artistic means, and to encourage them to participate in solution of environmental problems in their communities. Theatre, movie, painting and social role-plays are perceived as an interactive method to speak up global environmental problems in understandable and creative way. The campaign promotes and aware students within all education levels about the main reasons behind global warming, climate change and pollution and the proper use of renewable energy technologies, ecological and sustainable approaches to decrease carbon dioxide emissions all over the world and save our planet earth. The paper considers the role of environmental awareness at an early stage in the proper application of alternative energy sources in our built environment. The environmental awareness campaign is discussed along with its main aims and outcomes in this paper. The paper also contemplates the role of Architects and Architecture students in social interaction and in awareness of their communities.
Keywords:Environmental awareness, Sustainable Societies, Green Day, Public awareness
Subjects:X Education > X120 Training Teachers - Primary
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:3603
Deposited By: Amira Elnokaly
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 13:00
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:50

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