2017 Introduction to Urban Study

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Instructor(s)
Nakai Norihiro  Dohi Masato  Soshiroda Akira  Mano Yosuke  Saito Ushio  Sakano Tatsurou 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue7-8(W933)  Fri3-4(W933)  
Group
-
Course number
ARC.P204
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2017/4/4
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Description: This course looks at the relationship between human beings and the natural environment from the perspective of social engineering, and understands the entirety of it. Human beings have developed, maintained and transformed their interrelationship with natural environments through the society and space. In modern days, the systems of environments surrounding human beings are immensely complex, and academic disciplines are subdivided correspondingly. However, if we understand the relationship between human beings and the natural environment as a holistic system, the existing intelligence of different academic disciplines have to be examined comprehensively.
Aim: This is the first lecture in the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering that concerns social engineering. The teaching staff of social engineering provide lectures by organically combining their own research projects associated with human beings and environments. In so doing, the course aims to get students to learn the way of thinking described above.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in institutions and forms, and express that understanding in a report.
2) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in planning and principle s, and express that understanding in a report.
3) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in people and urban space, and express that understanding in a report.

Keywords

Environment Planning Urban Space, Institution, Human

Competencies that will be developed

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

How each class will be conducted: Two teaching staff of social engineering provide a lecture by organically combining their own research projects associated with human beings and environments, and have a discussion between them and with students.
How the subject matter will be covered over the course of teaching: A summarising session is held every fourth week, where four teaching staff jointly provide a lecture in the form of panel discussion on the themes described in the “student leaning outcomes” section.
The method of teaching: It takes an omnibus style and provides a discussion between teaching staff and also with students in each lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation (Dohi) Understand the lecture components and schedule.
Class 2 Designing the environment and beauty (Dohi, Saito) Understand and explain the criteria of beauty that appear in the environment.
Class 3 Designing the institution and beauty (Dohi, Saito) Understand and explain how institutions are related to beauty.
Class 4 Centralised authority and popular vote (Dohi, Saito) Understand and explain the authorities of the central government and the participation rights of citizens.
Class 5 Summary 1 – Institution and form (Dohi, Saito, Nakai, Mano) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in institutions and forms, and express that understanding in a report.
Class 6 Local self-government and autonomy (Nakai, Mano) Understand and explain “dantai jichi” (organisation autonomy) and “jumin jichi” (citizen autonomy).
Class 7 Regional development and the natural environment (Nakai, Mano) Understand and explain the balance between development and environmental protection.
Class 8 Concept planning and implementation (Nakai, Mano) Understand and explain the concept planning and implementation plans.
Class 9 Summary 2 – Planning and principles (Nakai, Mano, Soshiroda, Sanada) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in planning and principles, and express that understanding in a report.
Class 10 The future vision of urban space (Soshiroda, Sanada) Understand and explain the medium- to long-term transformation of urban space and its possible directions.
Class 11 Organising the community (Soshiroda, Sanada) Understand and explain the social role of the community and the methods of revitalising communities.
Class 12 Micro and macro human environment (Soshiroda, Sanada) Understand and explain the connection between living environments and regional planning.
Class 13 Summary 3 – People and urban space (Soshiroda, Sanada, Dohi, Saito) Understand through specific examples the relationship between human beings and environments that appears in people and urban space, and express that understanding in a report.
Class 14 The planning of human environments and social engineering 1 (Nakai, Mano, Soshiroda, Sanada) Understand and explain the planning of human environments which social engineering aims to achieve.
Class 15 The planning of human environments and social engineering 2 (Nakai, Mano, Dohi, Saito) Understand and explain the planning of human environments which social engineering realises.

Textbook(s)

No textbook is set. The teaching staff of this course provide lectures using examples of the most recent practices of theirs.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.
Reference books include:
Dohi, M. and Saito, U. (2004) “Kankyo to toshi no dezain – hyoso wo koeru kokoromi, sanka to keikan no koten kara [Environment and urban design]”, Gakugei Shuppansha
Mano, Y. (1998) “Dojunkai no apatomento to sono jidai [Dojunkai apartments and the era of them]”, Kashima Shuppan
Nakai, N. “Toshi keikaku no chosen – atarashii kokyosei wo motomete [The challenge for urban planning]”, Gakugei Shuppansha

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to submit a report four times in total. Each report is marked out of 100 with 25 for the degree of understanding, 25 for the knowledge, 25 for the ability of structuring the report, and the final 25 for the ability of expressing the idea.

Related courses

  • ARC.P302 : Landscape Architecture
  • CVE.D310 : Theory of Landscape Architecture
  • ARC.P305 : National and City Planning
  • ARC.P303 : Urban Housing and Residential Improvement
  • UDE.D449 : Landscape Design Studio Ⅱ

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

None required.

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