2023-2024 / TREM0011-1

Remediation in Region 1 - environment, contemporary issues


6h REM

Number of credits

 Bachelor in architecture- crédits 


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

Remediation consists in reviewing the course content.

This course is designed firstly to describe the structure of the Earth, and secondly to study the characteristics of the planet's surface layer. The course also provides an understanding of environmental changes and contemporary issues (climate, eustasy, world population).

The course also looks at the technology of building materials.

  • Elements of geology, geological cycles, different types of natural rock found in the region and used in construction.
  • Glaciations, cover deposits, eluvium, colluvium and alluvium and mass transport agents (scree, creep, landslides, floods, etc.).
  • Surface terrain analysis.
  • The Sun's apparent path over the Earth and its energy balance, in terms of insolation (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, etc.). Physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Polymeric and hydrocarbon-bound materials. Wood. Hydraulic-bonded materials. Elaboration of the main materials used in architecture.
  • Impact of materials on the environment and the environment on materials.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

  • involve the environment in their projects. understand natural constraints and the reciprocal relationships between the natural environment, the built environment and mankind
  • grasp the elements and their characteristics that make up and shape different terrestrial environments. They are familiar with their natural and/or man-made balances and their evolution.
  • possess the theoretical basis for understanding the site in which they work. Students will be able to assess the suitability of their projects for the environments of the natural regions studied.
  • understand urban space. They grasp the importance of the various flows induced by urban functions and which drain polarized regions. It is these flows that build and structure cities and space.
  • be able to select a building material on the basis of its ability to withstand the stresses to which it will be subjected
  • understand how materials interact with the environment.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture-based and interactive teaching

2 sessions scheduled on Wednesdays March 13 and April 17 from 9am to 12pm.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face courses using the UniCast system

Recommended or required readings

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Georges Mabille : gmabille@uliege.be

Luc Courard : luc.courard@uliege.be

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