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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals
 To present contemporary approaches in urban design and discuss their implementation via case studies
Prerequisite(s) Course Code Course Name…
Corequisite(s) Course Code Course Name…
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) Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşe GÖKŞİN (Bu ders, bu dönem açılmamıştır)
Course Assistant(s)
Schedule Tuesday, 9:00-12:00, 4B0406
Office Hour(s) Wednesday, 13:00-17:00, 2C-05
Teaching Methods and Techniques  

Presenting the topics, supported by visual materials.

Research on the selected urban design case studies by students (organized in groups) and presentations of these research by the groups in the studio.

Principle Sources  Bayulken, B. & Huising, D. 2015. “A literature review of historical trends and emerging theoretical approaches for developing sustainable cities (part 1)”. Journal of Cleaner Prodution, 109, 11-24.

Burchell, R. W., Listokin, D. & Galley, C. C. 2000. “Smart growth: More than a ghost of urban policy past, less than a bold new horizon, Housing Policy Debate, 11:4, 821-879.

Calthorpe, P. 1994. ‘The Next American Metropolis’, Architectural Design Profile No:108: The Periphery, Academy Group Ltd., pp. 19-23.

Carmona, M. et. al. 2003. Public Places, Urban Spaces: Dimensions of urban design. Architectural Press: Oxford.

CNU, 2001. The Charter of the New Urbanism. Available at www.cnu.org

Downs, A. 2005. “Smart Growth: Why We Discuss It More than We Do It”. Journal of the American Planning Association, 71:4, 367-378.

Environment Protection Agency, 2009. ‘What is smart growth?’ available at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/2009_11_tisg.pdf

Duany, A. & Plater-Zyberk, E. 1991. Towns and Town-making Principles, Rizzoli: New York.


Ergönül, S. et. al. (Eds.). 2012. Green Age: Approaches & Perspectives towards Sustainability. İstanbul: MSFAU, Faculty of Architecture.


Gehl, J. 1996. Life Between Buildings-Using Public Space: Third Edition. Arkitektens Forlag, Bogytrykkeriet, Skive.


Jacobs, J. 1961. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Penguin: UK.


Katz, P. (Ed.) 1994. The New Urbanism: Towards an Architecture of Community, McGraw-Hill: New York.


Kelbaugh, D. 1997. “The New Urbanism”. Journal of Architectural Education, 51(2), 142-144.


Lynch, K. 1961. The image of the city. The MIT Press: Cambridge-Massachusetts.


Larice M. & Macdonald, E. (Eds.) 2007. The Urban Design Reader. Routledge: London.


Silver, C. 1985. “Neighborhood Planning in Historical Perspective”. Journal of the American Planning Association, 51:2, 161-174.


Tallen E. 2008. “Beyond the front porch: Regionalist  ideas in the New Urbanist Movement”. Journal of Planning History, 7 (1), 20-47.


Trancik, R. 1986. Finding Lost Space-Theories of Urban Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold: New York.


Walters, D., 2007. Designing Community- Charettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes. Architectural Press: USA

Other Sources
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Informing the students about the aim and the scope of the course. Presentation
2. Week Presenting the overall conceptual framework for contemporary approaches in urban design. Presentation with visual material
3. Week Presenting the aim, objectives and principles of New Traditionalism concept and New Urbanism Approach. Presentation with visual material
4. Week Presenting the aim, objectives and principles of Sustainable Cities and Smart Growth Approach. Presentation with visual material
5. Week Presenting the aim, objectives and principles of ‘Place-making’ Approach. Presentation with visual material
6. Week Presenting the aim, objectives and principles of Low/Zero Carbon Planning Approach. Presentation with visual material
7. Week Mid-term Exam Exam
8. Week Clarifying the methods and techniques of group work, establishing working groups of students and selection of national/international case studies of the presented approaches by the established groups. Studio work
9. Week Contemporary urban design approaches student groups working in the studio. Studio work
10. Week Contemporary urban design approaches student groups working in the studio. Studio work
11. Week Contemporary urban design approaches student groups working in the studio. Studio work
12. Week Presentation of group works and discussion on the success and limitations of the adopted approaches in the case studies presented. Student group presentations
13. Week Presentation of group works and discussion on the success and limitations of the adopted approaches in the case studies presented. Student group presentations
14. Week Presentation of group works and discussion on the success and limitations of the adopted approaches in the case studies presented. Student group presentations
15. Week
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17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)

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-1To gain knowledge about, the development processes, aims and objectives, principles and the urban conditions that affect the emergence of the contemporary urban design approaches as well as the success and limitations of their implementation.
LO-2To acquire the ability to compile and assess written and visual materials on selected contemporary urban design case studies.
LO-3To acquire the ability to work in collaboration with fellow classmates to successfully complete the research and evaluation of contemporary urban design case studies.
LO-4To acquire the ability to compare, contrast and evaluate the emergence, development process, aim and objectives, together with methods and techniques of different urban design approaches.
LO-5To gain knowledge about the leading role of sustainability on the urban design decisions within the context of contemporary approaches.
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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