Theory of Urban Design (ARCH252)
An introductory course on the basic understanding of urban design issues, in general and within a historic perspective. The course aims to introduce the theories and methods of urban design as a discipline integrated with architecture. The topics of the lectures and discussions: concept of urban space, visual variables determining the quality of urban space, unity as the basic element of urban design, permeability, variety and legibility as main principles of urban design determining the quality of public realm. The course provides students with an introductory yet comprehensive overview of urban design theory and the work of leading urban design theorists encompassing its visual, perceptual and environmental dimensions.