ARC 251 COURSE

12/24/03

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ARC 251         INTRODUCTION TO URBAN DESIGN

 Instructor:                     Dr. Fahad Al-Said

Course Description:

 

The course introduces students to the history and theories of urban spatial design. The course will review the various factors influencing the design of urban spaces, the various design elements and the urban design process. Approaches applied in the development of urban spaces throughout history will be discussed including Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Islamic, and modern post-industrial periods. Influential urban design theories and concepts along with their application and feasibility will be studied. Emphasis throughout the course will be on urban social behavior and the psychological effect of the urban space on its users.

Course Objectives:

 

1.      Introduce the student to the discipline of urban design, including highlighting its relationship to architecture and planning.

  1. Introduce the students to the various elements used in the design of urban spaces, to the factors that shape the form of the urban spaces and to the process of designing these spaces.
  2. Introduce the students to urban design treatment in different historical periods, including highlighting the theories and thoughts that shape the treatments.
  3. Highlight contemporary problems of urban design including pointing out strategies to address them.

 

Course Organization:

 

The course will be delivered in the form of lectures and discussions. Students will be assigned readings and assignment from time to time and they are expected to participate in class discussions on these readings and assignments.

 

Course Material:

 

The book currently recommended for the course is:

 

            Trancik R. (1986) Finding Lost Space: Theories of Urban Design,

            New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.

 

The following additional materials will be used to supplement the course textbook:

 

1.      Barnett J. (1982) - An Introduction to Urban Design, N. York: Harper & Row Publishers

  1. Elin N. (1996) Postmodern Urbanism, Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers Inc.
  2. Madanipour A. (1996) Design of Urban Space: An inquiry into a socio-spatial process, Chchester, England: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  3. Gosling D., Maitland B. (1984) concepts of Urban Design, London: Academy Editions.

 

Course Content

 

Week

Days

Subject

 

1

1

2

Introduction to the course

Introduction to Urban Design (What is Urban Design)

 

2

1

2

Introduction to Urban Design (What is Urban Design)

Introduction to Urban Design (What is Urban Design)

 

3

1

2

Theories of Urban Design

Theories of Urban Design

 

4

1

2

Introduction to GIS

Introduction to GIS

 

5

1

2

History of Urban Design

History of Urban Design

 

6

1

2

Islamic Urban Design

Islamic Urban Design

 

7

1

2

Reviews

Midterm Exams

 

8

1

2

Urban Design: Neighborhoods

Urban Design: Access and Circulation

 

9

1

2

Introduction to Space Syntax

Introduction to Space Syntax

 

10

1

2

Urban Design: Water Fronts

Urban Design: City Centers

 

11

1

2

Term Project Review

 

 

 

ARC 251         HANDOUTS

                  The Three Theories of Urban Design (    Download )

                   Course Description (    Download )

                   ARC 251         GRADES (    Download )

                   ARC 251         LINKS (    Download )

 
 

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