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The use of rural space and the management of natural resources in developing country context, as in case of Turkey, is of utmost importance because of the rapid change occurring in rural areas. Decay in rural areas has already a widely known phenomenon however it has exacerbated by the winds of globalization. Rural areas are declining in population, causing land to be abandoned. Individuals become isolated without adequate social services. Residents often face poverty and social conflict as well as environmental degradation, soil erosion, and water degradation. The poverty and inequality has risen. The course provides an integrated perspective on rural planning in developing country context. Attention is drawn to the relationship between strategic planning and local economic development, and the ways in which coordinated development planning and management of natural resources can underpin sustainable rural livelihood.


This course is specifically designed for planners and architects to provide them with the knowledge regarding the principles of organization of urban structure. It demonstrates the interplay between the urban mass and its surrounding urban environment from individual building to the city as a whole.

The course aims at introducing the basics about the assumptions, concerns, roles and duties, approaches and tools that define the work contexts of urban planning and urban design. Underlining these basics with the examples and cases from abroad and Turkey, the first and the second part of the course focuses on respectively urban planning and urban design

‘History of Urbanism’ examines the history of built environment and planning in relation to the philosophical, social, economic, political, and technological context of the time period studied. This course aims, through lectures and readings, to examine the fundamental trends in urban planning during 19th and 20th century to show the students where we are and where have been in the field of urban planning. It also aims to discuss foresights about the new trends and future developments for the cities of 21st century.

Application of urban design theory, methods and techniques to specific large scale development and redevelopment endeavors with metropolitan areas. Strategies for change in large areas of cities to be developed over time, involving different actors. Developing designs in to a natural, man made, historical and cultural outlooks; enabling (F)desirable activity patterns; conceptualizing built form; providing infrastructure and services systems. Involves architecture and planning students enjoying work; requires individual designs on design and planning guidelines.

This course aims to develop a basic understanding of building structures and their components for city planners. To be familiar with different building typologies and scales. To explore the physical factors affecting building design. To organise teams and discuss critically among their colleagues. To argue and present building construction principles through architectural application drawings. 

It focuses on basic concepts about building and design. To explore user requirements, building typology, big-scale buildings and residential building types, as well as physical environmental factors effecting design, orientation of buildings, topography, and earthquake. Additionally introducing the basic concepts of buildings and structures with the principles of masonry and load bearing (frame) systems. 

The studio acquires fourth year city planning students with the skills of conservation planning and related issues. The case area is chosen to be Kemeraltı in Izmir for its overlayed historical settlement structure. 


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) plays an important and critical role in the field of urban planning in current planning practice. This course introduces the concepts and components of GIS and provide the students with a solid base in working with GIS, the course focuses on basic principles of cartography and spatial thinking. The lectures and practical exercises cover fundamental cartographic concepts, as well as concepts of state-of-the-art GIS technologies. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach on spatial decision-making and problem solving.


This course aims to develop a basic understanding of building structures and their components. To be familiar with different building typologies and scales. To explore the physical factors affecting building design. To organise teams and discuss critically among their colleagues. To argue and present building construction principles through architectural application drawings. 

To understand basic concepts about building and design. To explore user requirements, building typology, big-scale buildings and residential building types, as well as physical environmental factors effecting design, orientation of buildings, topography, and earthquake. Additionally introducing the basic concepts of buildings and structures with the principles of masonry and load bearing (frame) systems. 

CP 202 Planning Design I Studio introduces students to the approaches, techniques, and tools of a typical planning procedure of a settlement. Concepts of analysis, planning, form and structure of urban settlements, reading of maps and use of graphical language, stages of planning process and design principles of selected sites will be discussed.


This course aims to develop a basic understanding of building structures and their components. To be familiar with different building typologies and scales. To explore the physical factors affecting building design. To organise teams and discuss critically among their colleagues. To argue and present building construction principles through architectural application drawings. 

To understand basic concepts about building and design. To explore user requirements, building typology, big-scale buildings and residential building types, as well as physical environmental factors effecting design, orientation of buildings, topography, and earthquake. Additionally introducing the basic concepts of buildings and structures with the principles of masonry and load bearing (frame) systems. 

This course focuses on the evolution of environmental concerns and policies since 1960s and emergence of the sustainability concept. Sustainability is a socially constitutive process. The focus of the course is to understand how sustainability play out in social space- the role of actors, the multiple constructions of meaning, power relationships, the authority of competing knowledge and discourses, and the implications – social, economic and environmental - of many and varied sustainability pathways.


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