FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 308 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Architecture in the Urban Context
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 308
Spring
1
2
2
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Architecture and cities are considered to be inter-dependent. While cities act as ‘containers’ for architecture, architecture in return contributes to the definition of urban spaces. The objective of the course is therefore to acquaint students with the basic concepts and issues of urban environments as they relate to architecture and communities.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to describe the social and historical processes that shape urban spaces.
  • will be able to evaluate architecture in the broader context of its relation ship to the urban environment.
  • will be able to describe the various themes and issues that pertain to the urban environment.
  • will be able to analyse the mutual relationship between architecture and urban space.
  • will be able to compare and contrast various approaches to urbanism from an architectural perspective.
Course Description The course is underpinned by the importance of understanding the relationship between the urban context and socio-economic and political factors in a global context.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Course introduction All required materials will be provided
2 What is a City? – challenges and issues in a globalized neo-liberal economy – Part 1
3 What is a City? – challenges and issues in a globalized neo-liberal economy – Part 2
4 Streets Squares and Facades
5 Typology and Morphology of Urban Space
6 Urban Form 1 – origins of urbanism
7 Urban Form 2 – historical summary
8 Mid-Term Quiz
9 Typology and Morphology of Urban Space
10 Experiencing Urban Spaces - socio-spatial systems
11 Sustainable Urbanism and the issue of informal settlements
12 Urban Representations – the age of ‘fake news’
13 Urban Futures 1 – time and space in the developing world
14 Urban Futures 2 – the rise of the ‘digital nomad’
15 Semester Review
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Course readers will be provided

Suggested Readings/Materials

Course readers will be provided

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
60
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
40
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
60
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
15
4
60
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
1
6
6
Final Exam
1
6
6
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

X
2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

X
4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

X
5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

X
6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

X
7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

X
10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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