2019 Architectural Awareness & Design

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Nasu Satoshi 
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Mon3-4(G324)  Thr3-4(G324)  
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Course description and aims

Architecture is developped and designed in reration to various conditions such as regionality, institution, technology, their users and so on. Architectural Design are kinds of representation of understanding and translation of those conditions. From the other point of view, architectural awareness, such as perception, recognition, experiment, usability and meanings will be given by these representation through its physical design. In this course, we will discuss user oriented design of architecture and built environment through comparative consideration of designl subjects on planning phase and the representation form on the phase of post occupancy.
The main theme of this course is spatial tolerance as peoples environment.

Student learning outcomes

"Through this course, students will understand architectural awareness on human' short and long term experiences, and be able to design architecture based on those subjects. In detail, by the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Clarify specific relationship between human behavior and built-environment on various aspects of architecture.
2) Research physical, social and cultural factors of architecture.
3) Design architectures and buil-environments by using the various point of view, such as human, social, historical, environmental and technical viewpoints."


Architectural Design, Built Environment, Public Space, Human centered design

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

"At the biggining of this course, there are introductions for taking each classes and developping students' own research topics.Classes will be separate to three themes and one groupe-work project.
Every five theme class will be composed of lecture and student' presentation.Students should discuss actively.
Finally, students group will visit specific site for field-work and design project, and present projects for discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Concept of Architectural awareness and design System image and design model Make research groups and chose specific sites
Class 2 Usability in architectural design 1: lecture
Class 3 Usability in architectural design 2: student' presentation
Class 4 Workshop on usability Analysis and preparation for presentation
Class 5 Presentation on usability Presentation by each student
Class 6 Environmental forces and technology 1
Class 7 Environmental forces and technology 2 Analysis and presentation
Class 8 Workshop on environmental force and technology on architectural design Analysis and preparation for presentation
Class 9 Social and historical forces 1
Class 10 Social and historical forces 2
Class 11 Workshop on environmental, social and historical forces on specific site Discussion on group by the viewpoints of past classes
Class 12 Presentation on social and historical forces on specific site Presentation and discussion
Class 13 Study on spatial tolerance of ordinary space through the fieldwork Field-work by group
Class 14 Workshop for improvement of spatial tolerance on specific site Discussion and analysis
Class 15 Final presentation Presentation by group


Course materials will be given via OCW or in each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References: A. Rapoport, Culture, Architecture, and Design / W. Mitchel, Logic of Architecture / D.A.Norman, The Phsychology of Everyday Things, R. Banham, Architecture of the well-tempered environment / E. Ford, The Details of Modern Architecture / K. Frampton, Modern Architecture: Critical History / C. Alexander, A Pattern language / J.Gehl, Cities for People
Course materials will be given via OCW or in each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation in classes (40%).
Final presentation (40%)
Report of group-work (20%).

Related courses

  • UDE.D442 : Comfortable Built Environment I
  • UDE.D541 : Comfortable Built Environment II
  • UDE.E432 : Practice of Environmental Design based on Environment-Behavior Study I
  • UDE.E433 : Practice of Environmental Design based on Environment-Behavior Study II

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

Students should have basic knowledge and motivation for architectural or urban design.

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Office hours

Tue.14:00-15:30, Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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