There’s a lot to love about the outdoors, and this course will explore ways architects and designers can make inviting and comfortable outdoor spaces that link the outdoors to the interior. There are a variety of products and materials that provide options for designing patios, decks and outdoor rooms and that provide experiences in outdoor dining, animated outdoor activities such as poolside recreation, or just relaxing and taking in the surrounding landscape. In addition, outdoor living spaces and rooms can greatly increase the appeal of a home, restaurant or hotel and thus increase its value and marketability.
Housing & Community Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Discuss the key sustainability criteria (LEED and SITES) that apply to the design of exterior spaces and outdoor rooms.
2. Describe some of the various product systems that are available for designing exterior spaces and outdoor rooms, and understand each system’s compliance with sustainability criteria.
3. List design options for exterior deck spaces regarding railings and safety.
4. Explain the ways in which exterior spaces and outdoor rooms can help to meet LEED and SITES requirements of human health and well-being.
Elena M. Pascarella, RLA, ASLA