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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals Building practices in historic sites will be studied and discussed based on international principles for conservation of sites and the legislation on preservation and conservation in Turkey. Typological analysis and evaluation of different examples of urban historic environments; essential principles for the revitalization and infills in these areas; current approaches of adaptive re-use of various historic building types will be conducted within the scope of conservation principles. Discussions on European examples and evaluation of examples from Turkey are amongst the scopes of classwork. New design in Istanbul’s historic settings will be in focus during student presentations.
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None
Special Requisite(s) None
Instructor(s) Lecturer Göze Üner
Course Assistant(s) None
Schedule Wednesday, 09:00-12:00, 3B-01
Office Hour(s) -
Teaching Methods and Techniques - Lecture, student presentations and discussions
Principle Sources

Amouqou, E., La Réhabilitation du Patrimoine Architectural, Paris, 2001. 

Broto, C., Rehabilitated Buildings, Barcelona, 1997. 

Byard, P.S., The Architecture of Additions: Design and Regulation, W.W. Norton and Company, NY, London, 1998. 

Denslagen, W., Architectural Restoration in Western Europe: Controversy and Continuity, Amsterdam, 1994.

Greer, N.R., Architecture Transformed: New Life for Old Buildings, Glouster, 1998.

Kuban, D., Tarihi Çevre Korumanın Mimarlık Boyutu, İstanbul, 2000.

Jager, F.P., Old and New: Design Manual for Revitalizing Existing Buildings, Birkhauser, 2010.

Mornement A., Biles, A., Infill: New Houses for Urban Sites, Laurence King Publishing, UK, 2009.

Restoration and Beyond, Milano, 1996.

Vienna, Urban Preservation and Renewal, Vienna, 2001.

Warren, J. (ed.), Context: New Buildings in Historic Settings, Oxford, 1998.

Other Sources -
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to international principles of historic buildings and sites Lecture and discussion
2. Week International organizations for preservation of historic sites and their responsibilities Lecture and discussion
3. Week International principles for preservation of historic sites and governance; discussion about examples from the world Lecture and discussion
4. Week 'New use' for the historic building - Examples I – site study –Galata, Karaköy; Bankalar Caddesi and Salt Galata Lecture and discussion
5. Week 'New use' for the historic building, 'new addition' to historic building, 'new building' at historic site (general principles) and Venice Arsenal Lecture and discussion
6. Week 'New use and new addition' to historic building - Examples I- site visit to Istanbul Archaeology Museums Lecture and discussion
7. Week 'New use' to historic building - Examples II Lecture and discussion
8. Week New addition' to historic building - Examples II- discussion on various design approaches Lecture and discussion
9. Week 'New use and new addition' to historic building - site visit Sultanahmet-Cedid Mehmed Efendi Madrasa- Old Sultanahmet Prison Lecture and discussion
10. Week Mid-term exam and site study homework submissions Midterm Exam
11. Week 'New building' at historic site- Examples I-site visit-Santal Istanbul-Silahtarağa Power Plant Lecture and discussion
12. Week 'New building' at historic site- Examples II- summary of the semester and discussion Lecture and discussion
13. Week Presentations and discussion I (3 groups) Student presentation and discussion
14. Week Presentations and discussion II (3 groups) Student presentation and discussion
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 20
Quizzes 2 10
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 1 25
Attendance 1 10
Final Exam 1 35

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-1Acquiring knowledge on historic environments via examples whether in Turkey or in other countries (KNOWLEDGE).
LO-2Comparing the historic environment conservation examples of Turkey with the succesful examples from the world and interpreting them (SKILLS).
LO-3Defining the problems in the subject of historic environment conservation (SKILLS).
LO-4Interpreting principles of new building design in historic environments (SKILLS).
LO-5Developing new proposals to problematic areas in the subject of historic environment conservation (COMPETENCE).
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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