2018 Topics of Meaning and Design of Place

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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 place as existence grounds of the self. Through both analysis of the representation such as a literary work or picture and some thought or psychological experiments, this course approaches the structure of place.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1.Explain the essential relation between the self and place.
2.Explain both the meaning of representation and some methods of analysis of representation.
3.Analyze critically space design or regional planning from the standpoint of the concept of place or one’s native place.


place, self, room, space, native place

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 the concept of place.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction-What is Place? Review
Class 2 Representation of Place Understanding of Methods to Analyze
Class 3 House as Place Consideration on housing Image
Class 4 Room as Place Analysis of Representation
Class 5 One’s Native Place Analysis of Representation
Class 6 Essence of Place Consideration of Essence of Place
Class 7 Assertions on Townscape Design and Their Problems from the Standpoint of the Concept of Place Critical Consideration of Assertions on Townscape Design
Class 8 Summary of This Course and Report Subject


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

  • Structure and Dynamics of Viewing

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

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

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Office hours

Instructor’s office:West Bidg.9, Rm 501, 5Fl.
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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