2017 Introduction to Architectural Planning

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Fujii Haruyuki  Osaragi Toshihiro  Oki Takuya  Kobayashi Yuki 
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Course description and aims

Some of the basic outcomes of the study of architecture and building engineering is to understand what activities are involved in architectural planning and architectural design and to gain the skills to accomplish them efficiently in consideration of the context of life. Architectural planning and architectural design can be thought of as a process in solving a defined problem. This process is one of trial and error, of preparing design proposals and testing them. The preparation of solution proposals requires half-rational and half-heuristic decision-making, with foundations made clear but in combination with intuition. Testing requires evaluation criteria and rational evaluations to lead the design proposal in the right direction. This course examines basic matters from a micro view centered on the human body to a macro view of a residential area, centered on a familiar subject, the life space. Students will learn it in phases and gain fundamental ability of architectural planning.

Student learning outcomes

[Student learning outcomes] One learning outcome is that students will learn the basic knowledge, principles, theories, and methods for multifacetedly and reasonably defining problems, making decisions, and solving problems related to architectural planning and design and acquire the basic knowledge required for architectural planning and architectural design. Another learning outcome is that students will acquire the ability to apply the basic knowledge mentioned above to architectural planning and architectural design by learning about residences (single- and multiple-unit residences), the buildings most familiar to new students of architecture, and the methods and history related to residential planning.
[Theme] Students will learn qualities such as the structures and dimensions of space, the basic functions required of architecture, in relation to the dimensions and movement of the human body, daily activities, evacuation behavior, and the like. Students will also learn about subjects such as unit space, spatial structure of residences, models of multiple-unit residences, and the structure of residential areas.


Planning, Design, Space, Ergonomics, Housing plan

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Two consecutive classes will be held each week.
This course consists mainly of lectures but also includes discussions about the relationship between daily life and architecture, practical required learning, and quizzes to help students make the subject their own.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The roles and significance of architectural planning
Class 2 Space, human factors, and the origin of design Dimension
Class 3 Dimensions
Class 4 Basic behavior and unit space Unit Spaces
Class 5 Everyday life and the safety
Class 6 Evacuation in an emergency and the safety
Class 7 Circulation
Class 8 Spatial Design for human The meaning of living space
Class 9 What is living?
Class 10 What is a house? Subjective as well as Objective Description of Space
Class 11 Everyday life, life style, and living space
Class 12 Life stage and living space Interpretation of Architectural Drawing
Class 13 Multiple dwelling houses
Class 14 Residential Area
Class 15 Rational thinking in architectural planning
Class 16 Design Mind


Handouts, TBA

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Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments, quiz, and class contribution are employed to evaluate the achievements of each student.

Related courses

  • ARC.A202 : Architectural Design and Drawing II
  • ARC.P203 : Exercise in Architectural Planning
  • ARC.P202 : Architectural Planning I
  • ARC.P301 : Architectural Planning II
  • ARC.P401 : Theories in Architectural Planning Ⅱ
  • ARC.P402 : Advanced Exercise in Architectural Planning
  • ARC.P501 : Theories in Architectural Planning Ⅱ
  • ARC.P422 : Theories in Facility Planning II
  • ARC.A205 : Mathematical Methods in Architectural Planning and Engineering
  • ESD.C401 : Design Theories

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

To experience architectural spaces in everyday life.
To be interested in how architectural space is created.

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