2016 Topics of Structure and Dynamics of Viewing

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Saito Ushio 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on viewing as a framework of recognition of environment. Through both analysis of the representation such as a literary work or picture and some thought or psychological experiments, this course approaches the structure and dynamics of viewing.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1.Explain the essential relation between man and viewing of environment.
2.Explain both the meaning of representation and some methods of analysis of representation.


viewing, environment, space, structure, art

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This class meets once a week. Some thought experiments without advance knowledge are done at times to deepen the understanding about viewing of environment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction-What is Viewing of Environment? Review
Class 2 Representation of Viewing of Environment Understanding of Methods of Analyzing Representation
Class 3 Structure of Viewing of Environment Understanding of Structure of Viewing of Environment
Class 4 Culture and Viewing of Environment Consideration of Viewing of Environment in Association with Culture
Class 5 Dynamics of Viewing of Environment Consideration of Dynamics of Viewing of Environment
Class 6 Innovation of Viewing of Environment Consideration of Meaning of Art
Class 7 Opposition and coexistence on Viewing of Environment Consideration of Opposition and Coexistence on Viewing of Environment
Class 8 Summary of This Course and Report Subject Review


No textbook is set.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are distributed during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation in each thought experiment:30%

Related courses

  • UDE.D402 : Topics of Meaning and Design of Place

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related course is desirable.

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West Bidg.9, Rm 501, 5Fl.
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