2021 Design Studio for Structure and Space

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Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Saito Ushio  Tanaka Yuno  Itou Noboru  Matsui Mikio   
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Course description and aims

The goal of this course is for students to learn that the act of designing is the creative job of seeking structures that are in harmony with the surrounding environment through the first part of the course on waterfront landscapes and the second part on bridge design.
Students in this course will gain an understanding of the diverse roles of structures in creating towns and cities, as well as gain an understanding of how these are achieved through various examples from Japan and abroad.
In the second half of the course on bridge design, each student will create a bridge proposal and model, give a presentation, and conduct a Q&A.
These are basic topics of structure and space design, as well as necessary from a practical perspective, so each student is expected to participate in this course with a strong sense of purpose.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, students will be able to:
(1) learn about the fundamental concepts of the structure and space design.
(2) understand various functions of the structure and space design.
(3) understand a concrete method for developing ideas through practical exercises.
(4) cultivate communication skills and creativity by making proposals, models, and presentations.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
On designing river spaces and bridges, this course needs some lecturers who have work experience, can explain the principle, process and significance, and can discuss with abecedarians.


waterfront landscape, structural design, bridge design, model, proposal, presentation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Both in the first and second parts, the instructor will provide guidance in the beginning. Then, in the first part related to waterfront landscape, students will complete a practical exercise in a park within the Tokyo metropolitan area. In the second part related to bridge design, after several lectures by the instructors, each student is required to design a footbridge. The proposal and the model for the footbridge design are requirements. Finally, each student needs to make a presentation of their own design.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance on design in civil engineering
Class 2 Basic concepts for the design of waterfront landscape
Class 3 Practical exercise for the design of waterfront landscape (1)
Class 4 Practical exercise for the design of waterfront landscape (2) Design of the waterfront landscape
Class 5 Guidance on the bridge design
Class 6 Basics of bridge structures(1)
Class 7 Basics of bridge structures(2)
Class 8 Key point of the bridge design from its function
Class 9 Standard tactics for the bridge design
Class 10 Practical example of the foot bridge design
Class 11 Key point of the preparation of attractive bridge model
Class 12 Key point of the presentation
Class 13 Examination of the presentation for the bridge design (1)
Class 14 Examination of the presentation for the bridge design (2)

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lecture notes will be delivered in a timely manner.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

The design for the waterfront landscape in the first part and the design of a bridge in the second part will be developed. Assignments related to each design will be given. In particular, in developing a design for a bridge, the proposal, model and presentation are required. The grade will be evaluated with all these results considered.

Related courses

  • None

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


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

Ushio SAITO, e-mail: saito.u.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Questions are welcome at any time. Appointment in advance through e-mail is highly recommended.



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