2017 Design Theory of Urban Visual Environment

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Nakamura Yoshiki 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Course description and aims

Students will understand appropriate appearance of urban environment through real urban landscape, and will obtain skills for realizing those appearance.

Student learning outcomes

Students will obtain design techniques for light and color in urban landscape based on psychophysical values.


light, color, landscape

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The instructor will provide report theme in every lesson, and some of students assigned by the instructor will have presentation in the next lesson.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Analysis of urban visual environment Understanding situation of urban visual environment
Class 2 Concepts for urban visual environment Understanding design aims of urban visual environment
Class 3 Methods for visual environment design in city Understanding concrete procedures for design of urban visual environment
Class 4 Urban landscape design in daytime Understanding design procedure for urban landscape in daytime.
Class 5 Visual environment design of urban functions in daytime. Understanding design techniques in various situation in daytime city.
Class 6 Urban landscape design at night Understanding design procedure for urban landscape at night
Class 7 Visual environment design of urban functions at night. Understanding design techniques in various situation in night city.
Class 8 Design examples of real urban visual environment. Understanding next visual environment design thorough real design examples.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluated on all reports submitted in every lesson.

Related courses

  • UDE.E401 : Basics of Design Theory of Visual Environment
  • ARC.E424 : Design Theory of Architectural Visual Environment

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

Students had better to take credit of ‘Basics of Design Theory of Visual Environment’ beforehand.

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