- 8 video lessons (57 Mins)
Browse Course Chapters
2.Health, Safety, and Welfare: Concepts and Principles7 mins
3.Fire Safety: Home Sprinkler Mandates7 mins
4.Structure: Economic and Political Calculations9 mins
5.Accessibility: Political Compromises in the ADA8 mins
6.Light and Air: From 19th Century Reforms to Windowless Dorms10 mins
7.Sustainability: How Politics and Economics is Embedded in the LEED Rating System11 mins
What You Will Learn
- Describe how legislation to promote health, safety, and welfare is subjected to, and constrained by, cost-benefit analysis.
- Explain why most states have adopted model building codes without the home fire sprinkler mandate.
- Explain why it is not possible to absolutely preclude structural failure.
- Explain how enforcement of ADA guidelines through injunctive relief limits the Act's effectiveness.
- Explain how profitability considerations are embedded in the LEED rating system.
- Describe the historic trajectory of code requirements for lighting and ventilation in residential buildings.
Part One of “Building Bad” offers an examination of why and how boundaries that constrain the utilitarian functions of buildings are established. In this course, you’ll learn how building codes and safety regulations are limited by cost-benefit analyses; how profitability is a key component of LEED sustainability ratings; and why, decades after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many U.S. streets and buildings remain inaccessible.
Part Two of the Building Bad series explains how dysfunctional forms of expression, competition between designers and architects, and the drive to innovate create poor design outcomes and limit the utility of buildings.
Learn these skills
- Law and Policy
- Real Estate
This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.