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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe environmental matters regarding obligation and entitlements from a ‘caring’ perspective

  • appreciate the significance of environmental consequentialist ethics in conversations around developing care

  • identify and compare formal and less formal expressions of environmental responsibility

  • understand ‘accountability’ in the context of environmental issues

  • ide
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City history and multi-scale spatial master-planning
The UK and Chinese Governments have agreed at the highest level to collaborate through the China-UK Sustainable Development Dialogue on research and knowledge exchange to help ensure that the way we develop our cities will become truly sustainable. As a part of that initiative a group of related networks has been funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, inspired by the Dongtan Eco-city development north of Shanghai. The specific network which is the subject of th
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A Critical Approach to the Use of Computers in Architectural Design
There are two dominant approaches to architectural and urbanistic problem solving: program based approaches and paradigm based approaches. Beyond these two, this paper proposes the critical/formalist approach as a paradigm for architectural design while summarizing the epistemological foundations of it, and investigates the possible contribution of the computers to this approach. The primary aim is to set a starting point for a more comprehensive future research.
Author(s): Anay, Hakan

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CAD Interfaces to the ARROW Manufactured Product Server
The UK national project ARROW (Advanced Reusable Reliable Objects Warehouse) provides an Internet based framework through which it is possible to identify any of a range of manufactured products meeting specific design criteria. This open framework (based upon the IAI's IFCs) provides a mechanism for users to search for products from any participating manufacturer or supplier based both on specific attributes of a product or on any of the textual descriptions of the product. The service returns
Author(s): Amor, Robert and Newnham, Leonard

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Design Tool Integration: Model Flexibility for the Building Profession
The development of ICAtect, as discussed in the Building Systems Automation and Integration Symposium of 1991, provides a way of integrating simulation tools through a common building model. However, ICAtect is only a small step towards the ultimate goal of total integration and automation of the building design process. In this paper we investigate the next steps on the path toward integration. We examine how models structured to capture the physical attributes of the building, as required by s
Author(s): Amor, R., Hosking, J., Groves, L. and Donn, M.

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Directions in modelling environments
Schema definition is a vital component in the computerised A/E/C projects. existing tools to manage this task are limited both in terms of the scope Of problems they can tackle and their integration with each other. This paper describes a global modellling and development environment for large modelling projects. This environment provides a total solution from initial design of schemas to validation, manipulation arid navigation through final models. A major benefit of the described system is t
Author(s): Amor, R., Augenbroe, G., Hosking, J., Rombouts a

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • consider the value of democracy, through examples

  • challenge perceived wisdom about our political systems.


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3.6.4 Representing exponential relationships using graphs

What do exponential increase and decrease look like when plotted as a graph? Although exponentials describe anything that continually doubles or halves, the specific assumption of 'exponential increase' and 'exponential decay' are that these happen during a constant time interval. If the time taken for doubling or halving remains constant, then an exponential increase looks like the thick blue line in Author(s): The Open University

Season 3 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break Spanish
Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 14, Mark and Alba are joined by David, el novio de Alba. Topics discussed include Galicia, the region of Spain where David is from, St Valentine’s day, romantic Spanish and the imperfect subjunctive. In this week’s intermedio, Alba talks about the film Diarios de Motocicleta, and José introduces some different ways to express disbelief.

Please note that le
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Franks Hall FRK01_035_01

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Dressing room, Franks Hall, Horton Kirby, Kent, 1894. <br>Charles Latham (1857-€“1933) photolithograph. One of the most complete Elizabethan houses in England, Franks Hall had fallen into disrepair in the 19th century. Robert Bradford purchased the estate in 1860, restored the house and gardens, and added a suite of Moorish-style rooms. The Bathurst family had formerl
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Weather - Quiz
Test your knowledge of the weather.
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6 Conclusion

This course has presented a series of themed video clips that demonstrate how the Plus organisation in Stirling, Scotland, has worked in a variety of ways with children and young people.

Activities in this course have focused on communication, identity, play and risk. These have helped you explore and identify the various skills necessary to work effectively with children, young people and other practitioners.


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Documenta??o e Comunica??o Digital do Patrim?nio Arquitet?nico Moderno: Centro T?cnico de Aeron?utic
This paper intends to contribute for the analysis of the digital representation applied for documentation, communication and diffusion of architecture as cultural heritage, more specifically the production and communication of informations about buildings and sites of modern movement, arguing the possibilities and limits of this instrumental for the best understanding, recognition, evaluation and diffusion of the architecture on a historiographical perspective. As studies of cases, were selected
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6.2 Opting out

This last section of the course contains, I think, some of the most challenging science that you have met so far. Take it slowly, translating all the abbreviations in your head as you come to them (read BAT as 'brown adipose tissue', for example) and looking carefully at the graph in Author(s): The Open University

Computer Aided Environmental Solutions: Evaluation of Optimum Building Orientation in Lahore, Pakist
One of the primary features of solar passive design is the orientation of a building on a particular latitude. The client of Information Technology demands testing, validity, practicality and sustainability of a building project before execution. The computer based simulations are the only practical way to predict the complex energy performance and analysis for a large number of passive design solutions. This paper investigates the optimum residential building orientation having various zones, l
Author(s): Alamgir, S.; A. Khan and K. Alamgir

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Didactic Design: light and optics for preschool level
Since 2003, we have been developing a pedagogic proposal and didactic material for teaching Light and Optics to kindergarden children that enhances the construction of the first scientific thinking schemes. The design (industrial and graphic) applied to this project has generated an educational product composed of 44 objects. These materials allow teaching concepts such as: combination of colors, light indispensable to see, formation of shadows and images are not objects. These have been develop
Author(s): Albornoz Delgado, Humberto ?ngel; Laura Tal?a Esca

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Transforming Grammars for Goal Driven Style Innovation
Shape grammar transformations have been used for developing new design styles by the systematic modification of grammars that encode existing styles. We make use of a style description scheme to aid grammar transformations for goal driven style change. A rule base was authored for the design of Greek temple facades, and was augmented with a style description scheme. These were tested at a student workshop wherein students were asked to develop grammars based on given style briefs. Results gained
Author(s): Ahmad, Sumbul; Chase, Scott C.

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Casualties feared after "incident" at Kabul military academy
The US-led coalition says there was "an incident" between Afghan and foreign troops at a British-run military training academy in Kabul and that casualties are feared. Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including busin
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Architectural Computing in School and Real Designing
The existing system of architectural education ( including computer ) as has shown practice has appeared not absolutly perfect. It not capable to dynamic changes, active introduction of a new engineering and computer technologies, to realization about of the inquiries of a modern time. It suggest of a way of search of new models of computer training. The computer education is represented by us as certain a universal system, which permits to solve the problem of arcitectural education at a higher
Author(s): Agranovich-Ponomareva. E., Litvinova, A. And Micki

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