SPRING 2016-2017

Fridays 13:00-19:00 @ B-215


Office Hour: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00
Room: 208/3

Course Description

This is an undergraduate course which aims to develop an understanding on the general concepts, thoeries, principles and terminology of urban design including historical and new trends for urban design, and an urban design proposal from surveying and analysis to design and representation within the students of architecture. The course deals with urban design as an operative field from planning and design to development of spatial interventions in urban scale for a generative urban space for the public. In this sense, developing a design concept for a piece of urban land regarding urban design principles in terms of architectural interventions in urban milieu is the main problem of the course. Contextual and spatial surveying, documentation and analysis as well as developing and representing a design concept in urban scale is also part of the course. 

Course Objectives

-    To provide architecture students an understanding on the relationship of urban spaces and city functions within the built environment
-    To enable students to critically analyze urban open and green spaces, urban landscapes and the architecture of cities/urban spaces in relation to their functions and services. 
-    To provide basic concepts, theories and implementation methods

Course Organization

The course is mainly formed of studio work covering the design and reviewing process of student work. Moreover, introductory lectures on the basic theories, principles and tools of urban design are included. Course hours will be supported by educational media such as videos and documentaries on urban design and lectures by guest speakers on the scope and methods of theories and practices of urban design and development.

The course program is divided into three stages: 

a. Contextual and spatial surveying, documentation and analysis of the selected site in groups of 4-5 students
b. Conceptual design proposal and development of design strategies of a master plan for the selected site in groups of 4-5 students
c. Design development of a selected part with regard to the design concepts and programming of the master plan by each individual