2019 Comfortable Built Environment I

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Yanagisawa Jun  Ishida Kentaro 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on Public space and Facilities, and covers of the design and historical background how Public space have been achieved or lost through the Western European history and Japanese history.
1)This course introduces the specific figures about Public space like scale, materials, methods and 3 dimensional volumes in Public space.
2)This course includes workshop with group discussion about public space around everyday life.
3)This course includes design exercise to acquire the skill of design public space, too.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course ,student will be
1) Having an understanding of history about Public space.
2) Having an ability to grasp Publicness and design of Public space and facilities.
3) The presentation skill to debate and the layout of the design board which they make.


Public space, Landscape design Public architecuture

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1) At the early term of whole classes, by using powerpoint and draw on the blackboard .
2) Middle of classes, the exercise and presentation workshop will be held by students.
3) The end of classes , the examination will be held.
4) Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Public Space and the City
Class 2 Cultural Space in European cities
Class 3 Public Art and Architecture
Class 4 Developing Urban Identities Submit a report of “Future Public Spaces in your City”
Class 5 The design and approaches for Public space through the private house design in Japan. -The analysis of the connotation about “publicness” in Japan.
Class 6 The relationship between the neighborhood unit and the urban design through collective housing project.
Class 7 The Publicness through Public facilities and private buildings.
Class 8 The analysis and research for Landscape design in terms of Publicness. The examination to know how they undrstand throuh whole clasees


Textbook will be introduce at the courses

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Exterio design in architecture (外部空間の設計), Commonalities, Life between buildings, Cities for people, and other books about public spaces.

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation(30%), Group-work(30%), Final Examination(40%)

Related courses

  • UDE.D541 : Comfortable Built Environment II
  • UDE.D448 : Architectural Awareness & Design

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

no required knowledge and skills for taking this course

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

YANAGISAWA: yanajun[at]contemporaries.jp
ISHIDA: ishida[at]kias.co.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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