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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals
We will study on architectural spatial reading and presentation techniques. We target to find out the relationship inbetween the everyday life and the space over the reading and  interpreting a definite  space, building and environment.  An application/building process will be realized in the context of the design as a solution for a definite problem at a definite site. The lectures will be structured on the discussions made about the homeworks and the seminars.
Prerequisite(s) -
Corequisite(s) -
Special Requisite(s) Trips, homeworks, presence, design, presentation
Instructor(s) Lecturer Kürşat Açıkgöz (Bu ders, bu dönem açılmamıştır)
Course Assistant(s) -
Schedule Tuesday, 12:00-15:00, Atakoy Campus, 3B-03/05
Office Hour(s) -
Teaching Methods and Techniques - Reading, listening, observing, analysis/synthesis, expressing, interpreting, designing, experiencing
Principle Sources - The city
Other Sources - Foucault, M., 1988, Architecture Today, Academy Editions, London, England - Foucault, M., 1970, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, Pantheon BooksDe - Certeau, M., 1980, The Practice of Everyday Life - Blauvelt, A. (ED), 2003, Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life, Walker Art Center. 2003. - Lefebvre, H., 1996, Modern Dünyada Gündelik Hayat, (Çev.I. Gürbüz), Metis Yayınları, İstanbul - Nalbantoğlu, H.Ü., 1996, Bugünün yorumlanması, Yayımlanmamış Seminer, Gazi Üniv., Ankara - Norberg-Schulz, C., 1980, Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture, Rizzoli International Publications, NY, USA, 19-21 - Taburoğlu, Ö., Ekim 1996, Gündelik yaşam, kent ve Flaneur, Birikim 90, Birikim Yayınları, İstanbul, 34-35, 37 - Tschumi, B., 1994,The Manhattan Transcripts, Academy Editions, London, GB, s 77 - Venturi, R., Brown, S.D., Izenour S., 1993, Las Vegas’ın Öğrettikleri, (Çev.S.M.Özaloğlu), Şevki Vanlı Mimarlık, Ankara - Lynch, Kevin, The Image of the City, MIT Press, Cambridge MA 1960 -Alexander, C., A Pattern Language, with Ishikawa and Silverstein (1977) - Alexander, C., An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe (ISBN 0-972-65290-6) - The Nature of Order Book 1: The Phenomenon of Life (2002) - The Nature of Order Book 2: The Process of Creating Life (2002) - The Nature of Order Book 3: A Vision of a Living World (2005) - The Nature of Order Book 4: The Luminous Ground (2004)
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to the course Seminar and discussion
2. Week Understanding the concept of "space" in architecture Seminar and discussion
3. Week Reading the everyday life and presentation techniques Seminar and discussion
4. Week Hunting the spaces produced by the city people Site survey / workshop
5. Week Student presentations: Hunting Discussion on the works of the students
6. Week Student presentations: Intervening the city / Building a personal space in the city and making a spatial reading. Discussion on the works of the students
7. Week Making a spatial reading on buildings in the context of the everyday life Seminar and discussion
8. Week Student presentations: Reading a definite building in its environment Discussion on the works of the students
9. Week Student presentations: spatial problems determined at a specific site Discussion on the works of the students
10. Week Student presentations: Proposals Discussion on the works of the students
11. Week Student presentations: Proposals Discussion on the works of the students
12. Week Student presentations: Projects Discussion on the works of the students
13. Week Student presentations: Projects Discussion on the works of the students
14. Week Student presentations: Projects Discussion on the works of the students
15. Week Application of the projects Trip to the site / Workshop
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 2 50
Final Exam 1 50

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-1Doing of new architectural design expression
LO-2Understanding of area as spatial
LO-3Defining and doing of areas spatial nature
LO-4Understanding of spatial offer
LO-5Understanding of the relation between real and abstract spaces
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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LO 5