The students will learn the fundamentals in ecology with the goal to perceive the environment beyond its physical and chemical characteristics. Starting from basic concepts, they will acquire mechanistic understanding of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and global change.
The course will provide the ecological systems' knowledge needed to question applied sustainability solutions. We will critically assess the complexity of current environmental issues, illustrating basic ecological concepts and principles.
On the basis of a set of specifications, to design in an interdisciplinary manner a structural project, mainly in cut stone, aesthetic and functional (thermal shelter), to be used as a picnic area on the EPFL campus.