052-0639-23L  Climate Responsive Architecture with Hive

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Schlüter, E. Borkowski
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


052-0639-23 GClimate Responsive Architecture with Hive
Online course offer (s. course information).
30s hrsA. Schlüter, E. Borkowski

Catalogue data

AbstractThis Online course provides an introduction to climate-responsive design using the Hive tool and how to apply it in early building design stages. Hive allows architecture and building science students to understand the relation between architectural design, climate, comfort and energy. Hive is a plugin for the 3D modeling environment Rhino and its visual programming interface Grasshopper.
Objective• Recall general principles of climate responsive design and examples of it.
• Utilize 3D building geometries to conduct simplified energy demand and supply simulations.
• Observe relevant physical principles and interactions between climate, energy and geometry.
• Implement passive and active concepts for Climate Responsive Design.
• Apply Hive for building design analysis and integrate it into own designs or in design courses.
• Identify and harness synergies and trade-offs between climate, energy and architectural design aspects.
ContentThe course can be frequented individually, or as a prerequisite for other courses such as the master course
Climate and Energy Systems 3 or architectural design studios.
1. Course overview.
2. Introduction to climate responsive design.
3. Introduction to Rhino, Grasshopper and HIVE.
4. Early solar analyses.
5. Passive Solar Design (E.g. Fixed and movable shading).
6. Active Solar Design (E.g. Using Photovoltaics).
7. Real- world Applications and Examples.

This is a blended-learning self-paced ONLINE COURSE that can be started at any time.
Prerequisites / NoticeA working Rhino 6 or 7 license is necessary.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersA. Schlüter, E. Borkowski
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Architecture BachelorTechnology in ArchitectureWInformation
Integrated Building Systems MasterSpecialised CoursesWInformation