|UD 551||POLITICS OF URBAN DESIGN||(2-2) 3|
This course argues that via the design of built environment, the power relations in society are (re-)organized and the societal resources are (re-)distributed among different groups unevenly. Simply, the design of built environment and thus, the (re)-development of urban space is not value-neutral; they physically both influence and also are influenced by societal power relations based on the socio-economic differences by income class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, region, age, and so on. This course identifies the “spatialization” of these differences by the ideas and practices of urban design. The identification process as the first stage of understanding the “politics” of urban design is important to see how the design of built environment also affect different groups’ access to the societal resources. Then with the examples of case studies about urban design projects at different spatial scales, this course seeks the ways about how to develop design projects for a “better” redistribution of societal resources via built environment.
|UD 572||URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRAFFIC DESIGN||(2-2) 3|
Introduction to traffic design elements and the types of roads and streets, and others. Basic principles, standards and the various approaches of the geometric design of the transportation facilities (curvatures, alignments, sidewalks, parking spaces, intersection and ramp design, etc.) will be introduced for each travel mode (public, transit, private, driving, pedestrians, cargo, bicycling, etc.) and pattern of movement. Comparative advantages of each travel mode and their linkages to each other by design tools. Trip productions, distributions and the circulation solutions between the activities. Allocation problem of the facilities and the services. Emergency solutions.
The role of traffic signals and dividers; divergings, mergings, channelization, crossings, borders, traffic volumes and lane designation. Classification of roads and their role in design. Governmental policies, public support of the projects. Additionally, discussions will be allowed to grasp the power of innovative ideas and alternative travel behaviors, and their diverse and rich extentions onto the design process. Externalities, environmental impacts and political outcomes of the transportation applications.
|UD 575||DESIGNING FOR DISASTER RESISTANT BUILT ENVIRONMENTS||(2-2) 3|
This course introduces current and newly emerging urban planning and design approaches with design criteria and guidelines related to the natural disaster prevention and risk management in built environments. As urban designers and planners, we need to develop a whole new way of thinking about how we design, plan and build our neighborhoods and cities, especially in natural hazard environment. Our present approaches to designing disaster prone areas are inadequate and might inflict great physical, environmental, social, economic and emotional harm that we can not tolerate.
The course highlights the concepts, issues and urban design guidelines especially related to the subject of the “disaster resistant community” (DRC) Besides the disaster risk areas and he issues of risk creating disaster resistant and resilient built environments. Case studies and urban design guidelines developed worldwide provide the class materials.
At the end of the class, students are expected to understand how urban design and planning might influence the disaster risks and its management in and via built environment. They are also required to critically evaluate and re-develop urban design guidelines, especially on the basis of this course’s subject.
|UD 590||SPECIAL TOPICS IN URBAN DESIGN||(3-0) 3|
Group study of special topics in (A) Urban Design Theory and Methods; (B) Urban Public Space; (C) Water/climate/energy sensitive urban design; (D) Urban design guide and urban codes, directed by the instructor (s).
|UD 516||OUTDOOR SPACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES||(2-2) 3|
Mainly site survey, site improvements, design elements and details, circulation (pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular) and road layout, infrastructure elements and design, traffic calming-reducing pedestrian and vehicle conflict, design considerations for accommodating disabilities, qualities of urban outdoor spaces-what makes them successful-, and design for security. All these topics will be discussed through several examples on diverse urban landscapes (sidewalks, urban squares and plazas, waterfront designs, outdoor play areas, bikeways, greenways and so on). Additionally, students will be using the design techniques through personal projects along with weekly discussions.
|UD 631||CASE STUDIES IN URBAN DESIGN||(3-0) 3|
This elective course will introduce students to theoretical and practical issues of best practices influencing the current state of art in urban design. The cases wil be selected from both urban design idea competitions and applied national and international urban design projects.
|UD 555||URBAN DESIGN TECHNIQES||(2-2) 3|
Urban Design Techniques course includes various methods and techniques for urban design inquiry. Topics include methods for place, community, mobility and design policy. The course also provides techniques including site survey, representation and report techniques in urban design.