2016 Topics of Townscape

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Sanada Junko 
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Course description and aims

This course deals with the nature of city landscapes, and the components of non-residential cities necessary for gaining an understanding of and planning city landscapes. However, it will be more than just unidirectional explanations from the instructor. Forming a city landscape isn't the objective, but rather a tool for achieving a good city. If we work from the current situation of degenerating cities, it is necessary to rethink the nature of city landscapes. Through the instructor providing information, and interspersing appropriate discussions, students will learn to think on their own, exchange opinions with others, and think independently about the future nature of landscapes.
There are two goals for this course. The first is to acquire knowledge about the nature and meaning of city landscapes. The other is to acquire knowledge about phenomena that have an influence on city landscapes, other than the control of residential neighborhoods. Building on this knowledge, students will acquire the basic knowledge to think about landscapes, balancing the functionality of a city with its landscape.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) Learn knowledge on the nature of urban landscape, and be able to describe the meaning of urban landscape.
2) Learn knowledge about the elements of urban landscape other than the control of residential neighborhoods, and be able to explain the balance between function and landscape.


Town scape
History of town scape

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first half is for the first aim, and the second half is for the other aim. First and last lectures are discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 introduction Be interested in urban landscapes
Class 2 Think about urban landscapes Criticize town scape
Class 3 the history of town scale Understand why the town scape appeared
Class 4 the history of town scape Think the relation between town scape and function
Class 5 town scape and infrastucture and heritage Gain an understanding of urban landscapes other than residential neighborhoods
Class 6 townscape and people Think about people and town scape
Class 7 Hold discussion on the nature of a good urban landscape Discuss the role of town scape in new concept society
Class 8 presentation and general comments Think about future urban landscapes from a policy perspective


None required.

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None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Report 80%, discussion 20%

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

Basic knowledge about town scape

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