Jonathan Knowles receives grant from DAAD
Jonathan Knowles (Assistant Professor, Architecture) has received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to mount a studio with faculty and students from Erfurt University of Applied Sciences. Erfurt University, located in the ancient city of Erfurt, Germany has incorporated PassivHaus standards into their curriculum. The Passive House approach to construction has become the international standard for energy conservation because of its comprehensive tactics for reducing heating and cooling loads by 90%. The DAAD funding will support Knowles’ students traveling to work with their German counterparts over Spring Break. Students from both institutions will enter an international competition for a sustainable skyscraper to be located in Lower Manhattan which is being sponsored by ISOVER, a company specializing in building performance and insulation. The RISD students will propose a design of multi-family housing in Erfurt during their Spring Break residence at Erfurt. The goal of both projects will be a creative approach to energy-efficient construction for complex buildings.