e-CREHA (education for Climate Resilient European Architectural Heritage) aims to provide an innovative e-learning course and methodology based upon blending learning that focuses on developing climate-resilience for built heritage across Europe to enhance the relevance, qualities and impact of heritage in architectural design education or research.
Architectural education has paid very little attention to the vulnerability of the built heritage to climate change and has overlooked the contribution of heritage to the development of climate-adaptive strategies for a resilient society. Heritage contributes to social cohesion, sustainable development and psychological well-being. Thus, protecting heritage means promoting resilience.
In the architecture curriculum, the little importance of heritage has pointed out two important needs: the introduction of innovative learning methods to ease the understanding of heritage; the adoption of an interdisciplinary educational approach as the most appropriate framework for studying the complexity of climate change and to overcome the current divide between research and education. To achieve these goals, education should adopt methods that create a high level of interactivity and adjustability to changing environment and an education directed towards critical thinking.
In short, an education able to build a new set of skills, enhanced with ICT-based technologies, that allows a comprehensive climate sensitive and environmentally friendly professional action. e_CREHA overcomes time-related, geographical and economical limitations. It provides innovative input of new approaches and renewed interpretations of content and methods regarding resilient architectural heritage and climate change in education; it expands students’ intellectual resources and build a new climate-sensitive set of skills. Finally, it enhances students’ qualifications in the face of competitiveness in the economy and job creation through societal challenge-based learning.
Bringing together the multiple disciplines of architecture and built environment, heritage studies, engineering, design, climate science, and software technologies and informatics, e-CREHA aims to innovate education and to develop a multi-disciplinary knowledge for building a culture of prevention and mitigation (culture of preparedness) to address climate change.
FOUR STRATEGIC ACTIONS
Promote an international accredited course on climate resilient architectural heritage as incubator of innovation and backbone for experimentation of new curriculum courses;
Provide pedagogical training for new tutors through peer teaching method;
Nurture a collaborative and interactive flexible learning environment for tutors and learners, and strengthen interactive dialogue between partner universities and the wider community;
Structure an interactive knowledge, research and experience exchange through e-CREHA e-learning course that will draw a wider readership on climate resilient European heritage as a core subject of a discursive collaboration.
These objectives are incorporated into the project activities that include:
Cross-cultural pedagogies that map and analyses existing courses and best practices;
Learning modules that addresses one of the key aspects of climate resilience;
Training through tutors-workshops for pedagogical exchange and knowledge sharing through peer teaching method;
Research labs that test the learning modules through Intensive Programs (ISPs) in different higher education institutions (partners) and based on research by design methodology.