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Housing Design and Flexibility

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
MIM0138 Housing Design and Flexibility 3/0/0 DE Türkçe 4
Course Goals

Explaining flexibility based approaches in housing design and discussing applications through examples

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. Esin Hasgül (Bu ders, bu dönem açılmamıştır)
Course Assistant(s) -
Schedule Friday, 13:00-15:45, 1C0406
Office Hour(s) Tuesday, 09:00-12:00, 2C-03
Teaching Methods and Techniques - Supporting the subjects by means of visual material.

- Research and discussion on student presentations and productions.

Principle Sources - Altaş, E. and Özsoy, A. 1998. Spatial Adaptability and Flexibility as Parameters of User Satisfaction for Quality Housing. Building and Environment 33 (5), pp. 315-323.

 - Altman, I.  1975. The Environment and Social Behavior: Privacy, Personal Space, Territory, Crowding.Monterey, Calif: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

- Arias, E.G. 1993. The Meaning and Use of Housing: International Perspectives, Approaches and Their Applications. Aldershot: Avebury.

- Caan, S. 2011. Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment. London: Laurence King Publishing.

 - Danko, M. R. 2013. Designing Affordable Housing for Adaptability-Principles, Practices & Application, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Analysis. Senior Thesis, Pitzer College Claremont, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Analysis.

-  Habraken, N. J., 1972. Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing. London: The Architectural Press.

- Hamdi, N. 1990. Housing Without Houses: Participation, Flexibility, Enablement. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

- Heidegger, M. 1971. Building, Dwelling and Thinking, Poetry, Language and Thought. New York: Harper Colophon Books.

-Kendall, S. 2004-2006. Open Building Concepts [online]. Available at: http://open-building.org/ob/concepts.html/ [Accessed: 04 March 2016].

-  Lawrence, R. J. 1987. Housing, Dwellings and Homes: Design Theory, Research and Practice. Canada: John Wiley & Sons.

-  Leupen, B. and Mooij, H. 2008. Housing Design: A Manual. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers.

-  Özsoy, A. 1994. Konutu Anlamak. Kuram Kitap Dizisi (6), s. 5-9.

-  Rapoport, A. 1990. The Meaning of the Built Environment: A Nonverbal Communication Approach. USA: The University of Arizona Press.

-  Riley, T. 1999. The Un-Private House. New York: The Museum of Modern Art.

-  Rissealada, M. 1988. Raumplan vs. Plan Libre. Netherlands: Delft University Press.

-  Schneider, T. and Till, J. 2005. Flexible Housing: Opportunities and Limits. Architectural Research Quarterly 9 (2). pp. 157-166.

-  Slaughter, S. E. 2001. Design Strategies to Increase Building Flexibility. Building Research &Information 29 (3), pp. 208-217.

-  Sommer, R. 1969. Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis of Design. N. J.: Englewood Cliffs.

-  Sposito, C. 2012. Identity, Flexibility and Sustainability For The New Social Housing. Techne: Journal of Technology for Architecture & Environment (4), pp. 153-159.

-  Teige, K. 2002. The Minimum Dwelling. Cambridge: MIT Press. Orijinal dilde basım: Nejmensi Byt (Vaclav Petr, Prague 1932).

-  Turner, J. F. C. 1976. Housing By People: Towards Autonomy in Building Environments. London: Marion Boyars.

-  Yürekli, F. 1983. Mimari Tasarımda Belirsizlik: Esneklik/Uyabilirlik İhtiyacının Kaynakları ve Çözümü Üzerine Bir Araştırma. Doçentlik Tezi, İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Mimarlık Fakültesi.


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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to the course -
2. Week Dialectic between the house and the user Lecture and discussion
3. Week Behavior Based Approaches (basic concepts): Perception, requirement, space use, culture, belonging, life cycle Lecture and discussion
4. Week Design Based Approaches (basic concepts): Free space, minimum space, industrial space, typology and diversification Lecture and discussion
5. Week Speed-time-change concepts and flexibility in housing design Lecture and discussion
6. Week Homework submission Discussion
7. Week Distribution of project examples and discussion on the presentation technique Discussion
8. Week Student presentations Presentations and discussion
9. Week Student presentations Presentations and discussion
10. Week Student presentations Presentations and discussion
11. Week Student presentations Presentations and discussion
12. Week Workshop / field trip / invited speaker Discussion
13. Week Final presentations Presentations and discussion
14. Week Final presentations Presentations and discussion
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 2 20
Mid-presentations 1 20
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-1Gaining the ability to evaluate the purpose, scope and principles of flexibility-based applications in housing design by comparing the design approaches of the projects
LO-2Gaining the ability to use different representation techniques such as reading, research and evaluation presentations, model or poster related to flexible housing design
LO-3Gaining the ability to investigate and question the response of the concept of flexibility in housing design at different scales
LO-4A new design knowledge is presented by making a spatial reading on selected sample research and evaluation
LO-5Developing the awareness of addressing the housing through different social and cultural patterns by including sub-components such as requirement, use, meaning, belonging and participation in housing design
Course Assessment Matrix:
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