Espoo, Finland

Climate Change, Health and Architecture

online course
when 9 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1400

"Climate Change, Health and Architecture" is a future-oriented introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.

How should we balance buildings so that they support the health of the planet and the health of the people? How well do we understand the health effects of climate change?

The changing climate is causing increased stress to both buildings and their users. The built environment is also a key source of emissions. Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement is not possible without strong action in construction.

Climate change is also the underlying driver behind many threats to physical and mental health. This applies not only to humans but to most life on our planet. This course offers an evidence-based, clear and factual introduction to climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.

Course leader

Professor of Practice Laura Arpiainen
Adjunct Professor Matti Kuittinen

Target group

Master's students and lifelong learners interested in understanding and mitigating in the impacts of climate change on health and architecture. Students of all disciplines are welcome!

Course aim

Learning objectives:
- Understanding the basics of climate change, including its causes and planetary boundaries
- Realising the impacts of climate change on the built environment and human health
- Exploring and evaluating different future scenarios
- The role of construction as a driver and solution of climate change
- Key policy development paths
- The connections between carbon-neutral construction and wellbeing architecture
- Understanding the co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation strategies
- Learning to design and build for a better future and contribute to positive change

Fee info

EUR 1400: Tuition fee, including VAT 24%