Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies
Department of Architecture, School of Engineering
We are theoretically analyzing natural or artificial phenomena of heat and mass transfer and airflow occurring in urban and architectural buildings, and examining the formation mechanism of complex urban and building environment. On the basis of these building physics analyses, we will do research on "dwelling environment" which is superior in comfort, health, energy saving and durability, and "advanced building functional design" which is utilizing renewable energy and high performance facility system. Simply stated, we are scientifically designing buildings that are comfortable to live (e.g. functioning of energy conservation, ecology, natural energy application, and zero energy buildings) by using computer science.
Cities and architecture are products of artificial construction environment. This artificial environment consists of human system, building system and facility system. In accordance with the physiological and psychological demands of the human body, it is necessary to passively design environment elements such as heat, light and air related with the building system, and to actively control them by the facility system.
We are aiming at superstructing a spatial system-ology, which can improve the living quality and convenience through minimal mechanical control, to integrate the environmental elements in and out of buildings and the facilities corresponding to the intended use of human living and buildings. We are also developing the guidelines on integrated design methods of living environment, architectural performance and building services.
Prof. Akihito Ozaki