FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 332 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Architecture and The Utopian Imagination
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 332
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The main objective of the course to introduce the term of utopia in architecture and help to students to gain intellectual background to build new ideas on architectural utopias in the digital age.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to define the term "utopia" in interdisciplinary fields.
  • Will be able to gather information about various utopian projects in the field of architecture.
  • Will be able to discuss the term of contemporary utopia in the field of architecture.
  • Will be able to represent the idea of contemporary utopia in a variety of media.
  • Will be able to use methods such as reading, discussing, blogging, photographing and playing.
Course Description The course will act as a threshold between the term of utopia and contemporary utopias in architecture. Following the examples of utopist ideas from different fields, the students will explore the blurring boundaries between architecture and other disciplines.

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: Course Structure and Requirements Link: http://www.waithinktank.com/A-Map-to-Utopia
2 Utopia as a travelling concept Bal, M. (2002). Travelling Concepts in The Humanities: A Rough Guide, Toronto, s.24. (optional reading)
3 17th century architectural utopias HA#1
4 18th century architectural utopias
5 19th century architectural utopias Mitchell, W. (1996). City of Bits, Space, Place, and the Infobahn, The MIT Press, p. 22. (required)
6 20th century & utopias
7 20th century architectural utopias Friedman, J. (2000). The Good City: In Defense of Utopian Thinking, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, p. 460-472. (required)
8 20th century architectural utopias HA#2
9 21th century utopias & digital age HA#3
10 21th century architectural utopias & digital tools Hadid, Z. ve Schumacher, P. (2002). Latent Utopias, Introduction to: LATENT UTOPIAS - Experiments within Contemporary Architecture. Lectures & Interviews - Theorizing Architecture. Link: http://www.patrikschumacher.com/Texts/latent.htm (optional reading) HA#4
11 21th century architectural utopias & open source Link:http://www.openwikitopia.org/index.php?title=Main_Page HA#5
12 21th century architectural utopias & computer games
13 21th century utopia & contemporary art HA#6
14 21th century architectural utopias & Labs HA#7
15 Architects' role in digital age HA#8
16 Booklet Submission

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials  Mitchell, W. (1996). City of Bits, Space, Place, and the Infobahn, The MIT Press.  Lifetime reading booklist: (not required) http://utopyalab.com/2015/01/05/utopya-mimarlik-konusu-ile-ilgili-kitaplar-2/  Web-dictionary of architectural utopias: http://aporee.org/parole/

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
16
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
50
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
24
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
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
14
1
14
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
8
3
24
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
24
24
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
110

 

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.

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.

 

4

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

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.

X
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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