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Course Information: ARCH 4621
Department of Architecture, Cornell University

ARCH 4621 Sustainable Architecture: the Science and Politics of Green Building

Spring 2021

Jonathan Ochshorn

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Assignment for week 10

Read the following:

  1. The Royal Society & National Academy of Sciences, "Climate Change: Evidence & Causes" (full booklet pdf available online)

  2. Ruthless Criticism/ GegenStandpunkt, 2007, "Climate Change: Product of globalized capitalism and subject of debate between the states that organize it" (also viewable online)

  3. LEED reference guide v.4, credits and prerequisites related to Atmosphere

Optional: My critique of the LEED guidelines for Atmosphere (second part only).

For all students:

Writing assignment (only for selected students)

  1. Compare similarities and differences in the attitudes toward the atmospheric "pollution" (whether causing ozone depletion or global warming). Feel free to compare the selections in terms of attitudes argued from the standpoint of "science," "pseudo-science," "morality/ethics," "economics," and/or "politics."

  2. Be prepared to read (or otherwise present) a condensed version of your paper in class (7–10 minutes).

  3. Paper should be 1000–1300 words, or approximately 3–4 typed pages, 1.5 line spacing.

For all students except those selected for the writing assignment.

Write a short (1-paragraph) response to a sentence extracted from one of the readings that you found interesting or provocative. Provide a footnote citation for the quotation you have chosen using the "notes and bibliography system."1

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1 You can find information on citations in the Chicago Manual of Style. (You can leave out page numbers.)