ARC3967 Urban Design TheoryBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ARC3967 Urban Design Theory Spring 2 0 2 4
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi NESLİHAN AYDIN YÖNET
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi NESLİHAN AYDIN YÖNET
Recommended Optional Program Components: .
Course Objectives: The main objective of this course is to define contemporary urban design theory in an interdisciplinary framework that includes architecture, planning, and landscape design

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;

- Understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals. At the same time understanding the roles and responsibilities of urban designers and architects in it.
- Understanding of the relationship between human behaviour, the natural environment, and the design of the built environment.
- Ability to examine and comprehend the fundamental principles present in relevant precedents and to make choices regarding the incorporation of such principles into architecture and urban design projects.

Course Content

Urban Design Theory provides students with an introduction to theories, concepts, methods, and contemporary issues in urban design. Contemporary urban design is the process of collaboration between the architecture, planning, and landscape architecture professions. This collaboration is discussed by the important approaches and the selected examples.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction .
2) What is Urban Design?
3) Urban Evolution
4) Planning Movements
5) Urban Form, Urban Patterns, and Urban Morphology
6) Public Space
7) Sustainability
8) Pandemic and City
9) Midterm
10) Student Presentations and Discussion
11) Student Presentations and Discussion
12) Student Presentations and Discussion
13) Poster Critics of the Final Submission
14) Evaluation / Final Discussion


Course Notes / Textbooks: .
References: • Lynch, K. (1960), The Image of The City, The MIT Press, Massachusetts, USA.
• Alexander, C., Ishikawa, S., Silverstein, M., with Jacobson, M., Fiksdahl - King, I., Angel, S. (1977), A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.
• Lynch, K. (1981), Good City Form, The MIT Press, Massachusetts, USA.
• Broadbent, G. (1990) Emerging Concepts in Urban Space Design.
• Jacobs, J. (1993), The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
• Jacobs, A. B. (1996), Great Streets.
• Blakely, E. J., Snyder, M. G. (1997), Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States.
• Lang, J. (2005), Urban Design: A typology of Procedures and Products. Illustrated with over 50 Case Studies.
• Gehl, J., Cities for People, Island Press, 2010.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Presentation 1 % 25
Midterms 1 % 25
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 2 26
Study Hours Out of Class 12 6 72
Presentations / Seminar 2 2 4
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 106

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.