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Creativity and process of creation: a case study at The University of Sheffield – UK

Autor: Renato Cesar Ferreira de Souza


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Information Technology in Urban Places:
A theoretical framework for the development of IT applied in the space

Autor: Renato Cesar Ferreira de Souza


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Body and Power in Architecture:
a search for a sensory pedagogy.










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Urban Space and Landscape, capítulo do livro Eco Architecture III 2010


Renato Cesar Ferreira de Souza
Maria Lúcia Malard


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This book contains most of the papers presented at the 2010 International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature (ECO-ARCHITECTURE 2010), which was the third iteration of the conference. Previous in the successful series were held in 2006 and the 2008.The papers from the conference series are important in discussing the characteristics and challenges of such architectural vision.

Eco-Architecture implies a new approach to the design process, intended to harmonise its products with nature. This involves ideas such as minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, taking into account the amount required during the extraction and transportation of materials, their fabrication, assembly, building erection, maintenance and eventual future recycling.

Presentations in the conference were related to topics like building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, ecological and cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, quantifying sustainability in architecture, resources and rehabilitation, and issues from education, research and practice. Case studies from different places around the world were also presented.

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Creativity and process of creation in educational space

a case study at the University of Sheffield

by Renato Cesar Ferreira de Souza

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This iBook will address attention to creativity in architectural subjects related to the teaching of Architecture in the University of Sheffield.
This research is a result from the dissertation to the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Course (PCHE) at School of Education of The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. The data was collected by 2006 and it was written in April 2007 by Renato Cesar Ferreira de Souza. The supervisor was Doctor Jon Scaife, and I dedicate this work to him.

This book is an attempt to develop some analytic resources for thinking about problems and possibilities arising from the incorporation of Information Technology (IT) into the design of public spaces, especially in the early stages of design process. The main concern is about how to deploy IT components in order to positively affect various qualities of place. The framework developed begins with an analysis of public places, and then proceeds to an identification of the spatial conflicts that impair qualities of place such as territoriality, privacy, identity and ambience. Components of digital technologies were then spatially correlated to those qualities, thus revealing how these might be potentially applied as part of a system that would combine IT with spatial/physical solutions.It is an attempt to demonstrate that the use of the developed framework is able to provide a basis for a coherent set of decisions regarding the application of IT in public places.


This book summarizes the history of Architectural Education in Brazil and in the UK, interpreting its relationship with the political, social and cultural life. It emphasizes how the pedagogical approach affects society showing a strong influence of cartesianism and positivism through an “ocularcentricâ€? approach. Some examples are given on how contemporary Brazilian Architecture incorporated the over value of the sense of vision, criticizing its implications on teaching.