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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals
In Architectural Design Studio VII, the aim is to develop architectural projects comprising urban scale studies as well, by analysing the determined urban site intensively and extracting the potentials, problems and values of the site. Besides the physical data related with the city and the project site, students are also expected to consider the historical, social, economic and organizational findings to produce solutions at various scales and to develop a new multi-functional solution that can be integrated to the urban system by defining on architectural solution related with the city.

Prerequisite(s) MIM 0006 Architectural Design VI
Corequisite(s) -
Special Requisite(s) The minimum qualifications that are expected from the students who want to attend the course.(Examples: Foreign language level, attendance, known theoretical pre-qualifications, etc.)
Instructor(s) Professor Ayhan USTA, Assoc. Prof. Zafer AKDEMİR, Lecturer Sıddık GÜVENDİ, Y.Mimar Önder ÇELİK
Course Assistant(s) Res. Assist. Önder ÇELİK
Schedule Monday, 09:00-13:00, Thursday, 13:00-17:00, MTS 4
Office Hour(s) Prof. Dr. Ayhan Usta, Wednesday, 10:00-12:00, 2C-15
Teaching Methods and Techniques In the design studio, students are expected to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge within a discussion platform moderated by instructors. During the design process spatial analyses in relation to the place, geography and the daily urban life are made. The students are expected to analyse and synthesize a diverse spectrum of knowledge regarding the city, such as transportation, communication and society, and urban systems, to interpret the program of the selected site and to organize it spatially. Students are also expected to develop their presentation techniques with the aid of computer technologies in the process of designing.

Different from the previous Architectural Design studios, this studio comprises a design process which includes decisions at the urban scale based on evaluating and using the knowledge of conservation of historical sites as a design input or re-designing an urban site which does not realize its potential sufficiently. Students are also expected to discuss and develop the systems regarding the application process of the project.
Students are encouraged to participate actively in the studio process as individuals or team members. Sharing all studies in the discussion platform created in the studio and being subject to debate and criticism helps to develop students’ communication skills. Attending architectural conferences, reading and writing architectural texts, develops reading and writing skills in the context of design. It is important to create an awareness of contemporary world architecture in relation to ideas, space and practice.  
Principle Sources Agkathidis, A., 2009. Modular Structures in Design and Architecture, BIS Publishers.

Anon. Density: New Collective Housing, Condensed Edition (2006). Edited and published by A+T (Density Series).

Anon. Hoco – Density Housing Construction & Costs, (2009). Edited and published by A+T (Density Series).

Atalık, G., Levent, T.B., 1993. Sürdürülebilir Kalkınma/Kentleşme İkilemlerine İlişkin Görüşler, Türkiye’de 17. Dünya Şehircilik Günü Kolokyumu,  Kent ve Çevre Planlamaya Ekolojik Yaklaşım , MSÜ, İstanbul .

Fernandez Per A., Arpa, J., 2007. Density Projects: 36 New Concepts on Collective Housing, A+T (Density Series) ediciones.

Fernandez Per, A. 2008. The Public Chance: New Urban Landscapes, A+T Ediciones.

Keleş, R., 1990. Kentleşme Politikası, İmge Kitabevi ,Ankara.

Schittich C., 2000. In Detail: High-Density Housing, Birkhäuser Architecture, Germany.

Simmel, Georg, 2003. Modern Kültürde Çatışma, sunuş David Frisby, çev. Tanıl Bora, Nazile Kalaycı, Elçin Gen, İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul.

Tarihten Günümüze Anadolu’da Konut ve Yerleşme, 1996. Tarih Vakfı Yayınları, İstanbul.

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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Explanation about the studio approach and process and Project area trip and discussions on project subject lecture, information
2. Week Discussions on area analysis discussion, research
3. Week Analysis presentation, discussions, modelling 1/1000, 1/500 discussion, research, critique
4. Week Site plan, sketches, modelling 1/1000, 1/500 critique, discussion
5. Week Site plan, sketches, modelling 1. JURY: first submission critique, discussion
6. Week Site plan, sketches, modelling 1/1000, 1/500 critique, discussion
7. Week Site plan, sketches, modelling 1/500, 1/200 critique, discussion
8. Week Site plan, sketches, modelling 1/500, 1/200 critique, discussion
9. Week Studio work, criticism Scale: 1/200 critique, discussion
10. Week Studio work, criticism Scale: 1/200 critique, discussion
11. Week Studio work, criticism Scale: 1/200 2. JURY: second submission critique, discussion
12. Week Studio work, criticism Scale: 1/200, 1/50, 1/20 details critique, discussion
13. Week Studio work, criticism Scale: 1/200, 1/50, 1/20 details critique, discussion
14. Week Working on final project presentation, criticism critique, discussion
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 2 40
Final Exam 1 60

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Analysis of physical data such as topography and climate.
LO-2Analysis of social environment
LO-3Synthesis and evaluation of analysis
LO-4Skill of developing concepts
LO-5Designing the first draft Project with functional, structural, and aesthetic evaluations
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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