2023-2024 / ARCH1012-1

Region 1: environment, contemporary issues


40h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in architecture5 crédits 


Luc Courard, Georges Mabille


Georges Mabille

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Elements of geology, geological cycles, the different types of natural rocks present in the territory and used in construction.

  • Glaciations, cover deposits, eluvium, colluvium and alluvium and mass transport agents (scree, creep, landslides, floods, etc.).

  • Analysis of the superficial terrain.

  • The apparent path of the Sun on the Earth and its energy balance, in terms of solar radiation (radiative balances calculated at various scales).

  • From natural regions to polarized regions; elements of rural geography, urban geography and regional geography, elements of demography.

  • Classification of materials (structure, composition, porosity,...). Physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Polymeric and hydrocarbon binder materials. Wood. Materials with hydraulic binders. Elaboration of the main materials used in architecture

  • Impact of materials on the environment and of the environment on materials

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Specific AA:

At the end of this course, students will be able to

  • to solicit the environment in his/her project. He/she understands the natural constraints and grasps the reciprocal relationships that link the natural environment, the built environment and man

  • grasp the elements and their characteristics that make up and shape the various terrestrial environments. He/she is familiar with their balances and their evolution, whether natural and/or anthropic

  • to have the theoretical bases concerning the understanding of the site on which he acts. The student is able to evaluate the adequacy of his project to the environments of the natural regions studied

  • understand the urban space. He/she understands the importance of the different flows induced by urban functions and which drain the polarized regions. It is these flows that build and structure the cities and the space.

  • to be able to select a construction material according to its ability to withstand the stresses to which it will be subjected

  • to understand the mechanisms of interaction of materials with the environment.

Contribution to the AA reference framework :

Situate one's actions

  • Recognize, observe, analyze and critically evaluate complex places and contexts
Mobilize other disciplines

Meet other concepts and methods, exchange and nourish architectural reflection

  • Interpret the knowledge of other disciplines
  • Use other disciplines to question the design and implementation of the architectural project
  • Use mathematical and physical concepts to understand the functioning of materials
Make committed choices

  • Be aware of the political significance of one's activity and one's responsibility to society


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture and practical exercises

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

In face-to-face mode, in an auditorium

Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The evaluation will take the form of a written exam of the "MCQ" type, of 60 questions with 4 answer proposals, 20 questions for each part of the course (geology, geography and materials technology), without any certainty factor. A correct answer is worth 1 point, a wrong answer or an abstention is worth 0 point!

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Georges Mabille [gmabille@uliege.be]

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