Izmir Institute of Technology
Dept. of City and Regional Planning
Dr. Koray Velibeyoğlu
UD 514 Urban Design Process and Theory (3-0)
Course Description and Objectives:
This graduate course discusses the interrelationship of man and space, the basic components and concepts of urban design. In this context, the emphasis will be given to urban spatial design theories, urban design methods and techniques, and related theories on urban form and life.
This course has two main objectives: (1) to discuss the different theories and elements of urban form and life (2) to integrate these theories with the practical world through the series of class assignments on various occasions.
Teaching & Learning Methods:
Of each class time students are expected to discuss the readings for that week. Assessment of weekly readings is based on short summary reports that will be a part of term project. Other part of the term project is the compilation of class assignments aimed to integrate readings via given field study.
· Field Study: The content and location of field study will be coordinated by a tutor (see weekly program for details).
· Term project: portfolio of course assignments and weekly reading summaries.
No class exam scheduled for the course. Grading of the course will be on the following grounds:
Class Participation/Attendance:................................................................................... 10 %
1. Summary of weekly readings..................................................................................... 10 %
2. Class Assignments (Three Field Study and Take-Home).......................................... 35 %
3. Term Project (Summary Reports and Portfolio of Assignments)............................ 45%
Introduction to Urban Form & Design
Introduction to the topic: Course Content, objectives and process
Urban Design: Definitions, dimensions, roles
Key reading1: Gosling, D. (1984) Definitions of Urban Design, Architectural Design, Vol: 54, No: 1/2, pp.16–25.
Key Reading2: Schurch, T. (1999) "Reconsidering Urban Design: Thoughts about its Definition and Status as a Field or Profession" Journal of Urban Design 4, 1, pp.5-28.
Sources of Urban Form & Spatial Design Theories
Key Reading1: Gelernter, M. (1995) Sources of architectural form, pp.1-35
Key Reading2: Trancik, R. (1986) “Spatial Design Theories”, Chpt.4, In Finding Lost Space, pp. 97-112.
Assignment I, Field Study
Subject: Investigation of spatial design theories in Kemeraltı District
Analysis of Urban Form & Design Elements
Assignment II, Field Study
Subject: Analysis of main urban form precedents in Kordon, Alsancak
The Context for Contemporary Urban Design
Key Reading1: Carmona et al. (2003) Public Places Urban Spaces, Part I, Chpt 3, Contexts for urban design, pp.36-57.
Key Reading2: Günay, B. (1999) Contents of Urban Design, pp.33-44.
Urban Design as Public Realm
Dimensions of Urban Design
Key reading: Carmona et al. (2003) Public Places Urban Spaces, Part II, Chpt 9, The dimensions of urban design, pp.193-210.
No Class à National
Apr 28-May 2
European Workshop 08: Urban Historical Stratum, Agora.
Assignment III, Field Study
Urban Design Process
Key reading1: Carmona et al. (2003) Public Places Urban Spaces, Part I Urban Design Today, pp.15-19.
Key reading2: Moughtin,C. (2003)Urban design:method and techniques, Definitions, pp.5-13.
Implementing Urban Design
Key reading: Carmona, et al. (2003). Public Places Urban Spaces, Part III, Implementing urban design, pp.214-262.
Assignment IV, Take-Home Study
Subject: Evaluation of selected urban design project implementations
Submission of Term Projects: compilation of course assignments and weekly reading summaries
Gelernter, M. (1995) “Introduction “, Sources of architectural form: a critical history of Western design theory, Manchester University Press:
Lynch, K. (1960) "City Image and Its Elements" Image of the City, MIT Press:
Alexander, C. (1987) A New Theory of Urban Design,
Bacon, E. (1976) Design of Cities,
Broadbent, Geoffrey. (1990). Emerging Concepts in Urban Space Design.
Carmona, et al. (2003). Public Places Urban Spaces: The Dimensions of Urban Design, Architectural Press:
Lang, J. (1994). Urban Design: The American Experience. Van Nostrand Reinhold:
Madanipour, A. (2001) The governance of place: space and planning processes, Ashgate Aldershot, Hamps [IYTE Lib.Ref.No: HT166 .G68 2001].
Madanipour, A. (1996) Design of urban space: an inquiry into a socio-spatial process, John Wiley and Sons Chichester;
Madanipour, A. (2003) Public and private spaces of the city, Routledge:
Trancik, R. (1986) Finding lost space: theories of urban design, Van Nostrand Reinhold: New York [IYTE Lib.Ref.No: NA9031.T73 1986]
Cullen, G. (1961) The Concise Townscape, The Architectural Press:
Ellin, N. (1996) “Urban Design Theory: The Anglo-American Axis”, Postmodern Urbanism,
Moughtin, C. (2003) Urban design: method and techniques,
Spreiregen, P. (1965) Urban Design: The Architecture of Towns and Cities,
Rowe, C. and Koetter, F. (1979)
Larice, M. and Macdonald, E. (2007) TheUrban design reader, Routledge,
Günay, B. (1999) Urban Design is a Public Policy, METU Faculty of Architecture Press:
Wheeler, S. and Beatley, T. (2004) The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, Routledge:
Articles and e-sources:
Alexander, C. (1965) A City is Not a Tree, Architectural Forum, Vol: 122, no:1 /2, [can be accessed via http://www.patternlanguage.com/archives/alexander1.htm].
Cuthbert, A. (2007) Urban design: requiem for an era – review and critique of the last 50 years, Urban Design International, Vol: 12, pp.177–223 [can be accessed via http://www.palgrave-journals.com/udi/journal/v12/n4/pdf/9000200a.pdf].
Gosling, D. (1984) Definitions of Urban Design, Architectural Design, Vol: 54, No: 1/2, pp.16–25 [Copy available from the instructor].
Greene, S. (1992) Cityshape: Communicating and Evaluating Community Design, APA Journal, Vol: 177, pp.177-89[Copy available from the instructor].
Jacobs, A. and Appleyard, D. (1987) Toward an Urban Design Manifesto, APA Journal, Vol: 53, pp.112-120 [Copy available from the instructor].
Lloyd-Jones, T. and Roberts, M. (1996) An Urban Design Canon, Urban Design Quarterly, issue 59 (july) [can be accessed via http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/sijpkes/arch374/winter2001/b_tljmr.html]
Rode, P. (2006) City Design - A New Planning Paradigm?, Discussion Paper, Urban Age Institute [can be accessed via http://www.urban-age.net/0_downloads/archive/Philipp_Rode-City_Design_A_New_Planning_Paradigm-DiscussionPaper.pdf].
Schurch, T. "Reconsidering Urban Design: Thoughts about its Definition and Status as a Field or Profession." Journal of Urban Design 4, 1 (1999): 5-28.
Tekeli, İ. (1994) Bir Kentsel Tasarım Kuramının Geliştirilmesi Üzerine Düşünceler, Ege Mimarlık, pp. 53-58 [Copy available from the instructor].
Velibeyoglu, K. (1999) Urban Design in the Postmodern Context, Izmir Institute of Technology,