This course introduces Environmental Analysis as a design toolset for students to actively take part into the New European Bauhaus initiative promoted by the European commission.


Sustainable design is a hot topic at DIA as students actively practice the aesthetic of sustainability in the context of studios and other courses. The multitude of backgrounds composing our graduate school showcases an incredible sensibility towards this crucial paradigm of contemporary design. At the same time, several digital tools arose in the software market to perform environmental analysis. Toolkits like Ladybug Tools, Climate Studio or Insights for Revit enable architects to add sustainability as a new dimension of the design, beyond 3D. Nevertheless it's crucial to understand that everyone can do sustainability, but this topic is complex and must be understood in its essence. In other words: plotting an environmental study is literally two clicks away from students´ design resources - but using the auto-pilot may not deliver any tangible result. 

Environmental Analysis allows the computer to simulate the law of physics using digital models and produce meaningful analyzable results out of them. In architectural practice, Environmental Analysis is a support for decision making. Many design firms structure their workflow to interpret the performance of their proposals by means of environmental models and simulations. This course proposes a structured approach to Environmental Analysis, from understanding the building physics behind it to using environmental design tools. A series of theorical lectures on building environmental performance (energy consumption & production, nearly Zero Energy Building principle, lightning and illumination among others) lead the students to confronted with understanding design from a sustainable angle - using the same software infrastructure in Rhino and Grasshopper envisioned by other CADlogic courses (i.e. Form, DIAGeD). 

Sustainable by Design. Environmental analysis will be performed on test models in class. Students are then asked to bring a case study to the course (from another course, from a competition, from past projects) in order to 1. Perform environmental analysis and describe their actual performance, to identify the topics that may not have been addressed from a sustainability perspective, 2. Produce a viable alternative that improved the baseline performance. The course expects students to deliver added value to the students´ individual design according to the new European Bauhaus paradigm which fosters the key pillars of European sensibility towards the architectural practice: beautiful, sustainable, together.

This course is brought to you by Marco Mondello. Marco (1988) is an Italian architect, having practiced in Argentina and Germany besides Italia. He earned in 2018 an MBA in Building Sustainability by the TU Berlin and incorporated sustainable design and environmental analysis to its practice, firstly as a co-founder of GNOMONE, an award-winning architectural workshop based in Roma (1st Prize Europan14 – among others) and since 2022 works as Teamleiter BIM at CKSA - Christoph Kohl Stadtplanern Architekten.