Courses

MUST COURSES

1. SEMESTER

CRP 101 BASIC DESIGN STUDIO FOR PLANNERS (4-4) 6

This course is the introduction to the basic concepts and principles of design required for city planning education. It comprises specific exercises, including brainstorming steps, to develop mental and manual skills to cope with basic design problems and to establish visual values for structuring and articulating two and three dimensional spatial compositions in different media. The main purpose of the course is to present students design tools and design principles of spatial organization and spatial hierarchy needed in city planning processes. This course which is based on the Gestalt Laws of Form aims to give students the principles of abstraction and the design tools in creating the geometrical, topographical and social meaning of space.

CRP 111 INTRODUCTION TO CITY PLANNING (3-0) 3

City and regional planning is a dynamic discipline concerned with many different components of urban life -housing, transportation, industry, the environment, economics, design, and a host of other issues planners work on these fields to improve the quality of life. City planners deal with many of the same issues and dimensions of planning and take significantly different approaches. This course introduces basic concepts, theories, dynamics and processes in the field of urban and regional planning. It discusses essential subjects in the urban, urbanization and planning process.

CRP 117 TECHNICAL DRAWING FOR PLANNERS (2-2) 3

This course involves exercises to develop perception and representation techniques in planning by using drawing media. CRP 117 concentrates on specific themes, such as visualization of three dimensionality, drawing to scale, proficiency in drawing, manipulation of drafting techniques, and basic skills of graphic expressions. The drawing equipment, materials and techniques are introduced to students via this course.

MATH 113 MATHEMATICS FOR CITY PLANNERS (3-0) 3

This course aims to teach basic preliminaries on functions and inequalities, to teach limits and continuity, to teach derivatives and its applications, to teach definite integral and some methods of integration. It covers Real numbers and the real line, intervals, absolute value, Equations and inequalities, Quadratic Equations, Parabolas.  Functions, domain and range, graphs, combining functions. Trigonometric functions, identities. Limits and Continuity.  Differentiation, Applications of Derivatives, Extreme Values, Curve Sketching, Optimization. Integration, Areas of Plane Regions, Techniques of Integration.

 

2. SEMESTER

CRP 102 INTRODUCTION TO PLANNING STUDIOS (4-4) 6

This course which aims to prepare the planning students to the subsequent planning studios intends to gain students the design tools in creating urban patterns including living unit, cluster, neighborhood, city macroform. In the course, through studio projects, the Gestalt Laws of Form and Kevin Lynch’s urban perceptual attributes, public hierarchy in space, and landscape order of space are introduced. Students will gain design skills starting from a living unit scale to urban scale. The studio also seeks to give students an understanding of how to analyze, synthesize, and design urban space. This course encourages students not only to display individual performances but also to experience collaborative works.

CRP 122 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES (1-2) 2

The course introduces various software applications that will be needed in different phases of urban and regional planning. An introduction to word processing and spreadsheets management applications are followed by graphics and vector based drawing softwares. Computer Aided Design (CAD) based applications are introduced to students in order to supplement the visual communication and representation skills that will be needed in further semesters.

CRP 124 STATISTICAL METHODS FOR PLANNERS (3-0)

This is an introductory course to provide students with the basics of statistics and its computer applications, which are required all through the planning education and profession. The course will focus on understanding, applying, and interpreting statistical techniques. Topics of the course include descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

CRP 128 TOPOGRAPHIC MEASUREMENT AND SITE PLANNING (1-2) 2

The course has two main parts. Firstly it starts by providing an introductory knowledge on the development of cartographic representation methods up to today. It further introduces measurement techniques for topographical data and teaches representation techniques for spatial data such as using scale, mapping, drawing plans, sections, and elevations. Secondly it focuses on tools of site analysis, preparation of a site inventory and as a final stage these processes providing the skills of making site planning for a given urban environment.

 

3. SEMESTER

CRP 201 PLANNING STUDIO I (4- 4) 6

CRP 201 planning and design studio aims to introduce comprehensive planning framework to students. The studio is conducted in two phases. The first phase deals with a detailed urban/regional analyses devised to comprehend urban structures and to identify major planning issues. The aim of this phase is to define major planning goals to be pursued in the second phase. The second phase, at regional levels, students are expected to identify the determinants, problems and opportunities available for the development of the city/town in focus; and develop visions/scenarios accordingly. At urban level, based on the regional scenarios, alternative macroforms are generated for the selected town. Once the urban macroform is decided, students are expected to design the urban environment, the whole and its parts.

CRP 219 URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT PLANNING  (3-0) 3

This course provides an introductory knowledge to urban infrastructure planning and management, and urban transport which is crucial for the functioning of every city from small towns to metropolises. This course elaborates the infrastructure requirements of urban areas and covers the basic terms, principles and context of urban infrastructure and transport planning together with the process of urban planning.  It presents a theoretical background for the integration of transport policies into urban planning with respect to equity, sustainability and social welfare concepts. The course outlines development of urban infrastructure policies, evolution of transportation policies, different transport modes, road hierarchy, urban patterns, and also gives an introduction to transport modelling and lifeline systems.

CRP 221 ROOTS OF URBANISM AND URBANIZATION (3-0) 3

 

CRP 223 INTRODUCTION TO GIS FOR PLANNERS (1-2) 2

Geographic Information System (GIS) deals with the analysis and management of geographic information.  This course offers an introduction to methods of managing and processing. Emphasis is placed on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for geographic information, geographic data input, data manipulation, storage and basic spatial analyses. The course uses theoretical presentations and lab exercises to help students develop a solid understanding of planning and public management through GIS tools. In this introductory course, main operational principles and its practices through specific software i.e. ArcGIS is introduced to students.

CRP 225 RESEARCH IN PLANNING (3-0) 3

This course is a general introduction to social research methods and will cover five broad topics:  research methods, research design, data collection, and data analysis, research paper writing. The theory of doing research and writing a research paper will be introduced through lectures and readings with a particular stress on city planning and urban design. Students will make field studies and conduct data collection and analysis methods during the course. During the course, students, additionally, learn and conduct ethical principles in report and paper writing.

CRP 227 INTRODUCTION TO URBAN DESIGN (2-2) 3

The course includes a number of subsequent lectures that will introduce urban design concepts, concerns and techniques. Lectures will be accompanied with the design and sketch problems through which students are expected to use their knowledge gained via the lectures. While the first part of the course focuses on the theoretical backgrounds, the second part aims to discuss practical design problems on a case study. Some classes are dedicated to discussions on the case area so where the drafts of students’ projects are given comments in the class. The projects will be announced and the necessary information will be circulated through hardcopy handouts and maps in the class, and digital materials via Moodle.

 

4. SEMESTER

CRP 202 PLANNING STUDIO II (4-4) 6

CRP 202 Planning Studio II aims to introduce comprehensive planning framework to students. The studies are carried on a selected city/town within different scales of planning with a particular consideration at urban scale. In line with the scenarios and visions developed during the first semester, students are expected to evaluate the selected city/town in urban context. Once the urban macroforms are decided, students are expected to undertake master (1/5000) and urban design (1/1000) plan proposals. At the initial stages of the studio, students will develop a morphological approach in addition to land use and structural planning practices. All stages of this process are strongly related with the previous year’s Basic Design studio concepts and principles. This means, at all scales of planning, students are expected to consider order, part-whole relationship, figure-ground relationship, hierarchy, balance i.e. gestalt principles. Based on the ideas of basic design principles, this studio provides an insight to students in approaching urban problems by urban design solutions.

CRP 222 URBAN GEOGRAPHY (3-0) 3

 

CRP 228 CITY IN HISTORY I (3-0) 3

City in History I course is designed to give an overall view on the evolution of settlements of the past in relation with space composition, time and social characteristics since the Paleolithic Age until the Industrial Revolution.  Scrutinizing the concept of settlements, cities and civilization in Europe, Middle East and Anatolia with necessary links to Asia and America composes the basis.

CRP 230 URBAN SOCIOLOGY (3-0) 3

This course introduces basic concepts, theories, approaches, dynamics and processes in the field of urban sociology. The aim of this course is to cover urban sociological dynamics, major theoretical debates over space and urban society, social classes, organizations, networks and other issues in cities. Moreover, it intends to introduce different sociological discussions in different contexts and scales (local to global). The latter part of the course focuses on field studies conducted in Ankara—the social and spatial organization of selected neighborhoods. 

 

5. SEMESTER

CRP 301 PLANNING STUDIO III (4-4) 6

CRP 301 Planning Studio III aims to introducing the strategic planning approach to students. Students are expected to develop a comprehensive approach to regional problems, to deal with different scales of planning, to synthesize social, economic and environmental objectives. This comprehensive framework subsumes different scales of planning pertaining to sub-regional, urban, and local levels in line with a developed scenario. The studio works are based on three levels of integration; (i) planning and design integrity, (ii) integrity of scientific, strategic and utopian modes of thinking, and (iii) abstract and concrete relationships.

CRP 311 INSTUTIONAL AND LEGISLATIONAL FRAMEWORK IN PLANNING (3-0) 3

The course covers the terms, descriptions, actors and institutions of planning process and urban development process in Turkey. Their sources, main periphery of legal aspects of planning, related central and local institutions are discussed. Improvements in building regulations in Turkey and specific articles in planning legislation with the other related laws are given. The main objective of the course is to inform students about the planning legislation and planning process in Turkey. Additionally, it aims to help students reflect their theoretical knowledge into practice.

CRP 317 URBAN REGENERATION PROCESSES (3-0) 3

This course aims to provide an overview on urban regeneration issues and activities, and to assess its physical dimension together its political, socio-cultural, organizational and economic dimensions. This course also intends to provide knowledge on urban regeneration processes and practises in accordance with different cases throughout the world. The course analyses previous regeneration practices applied in Turkish cities; and identifies the legal framework developed for urban regeneration.  The course gives an insight to students by evaluating the contemporary regeneration practises in cities.

CRP 329 FUNDAMENTALS OF REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT(3-0) 3

The aim of the course is to introduce region concept and regional planning in theoretical and practical basis. Different spatial organization and region definitions, regionalism and new regionalism, regional planning-regional development plan/strategies, regional disparities and development problems, contemporary regional development approaches and regional policy will be explored in the course.

CRP 300 SUMMER PRACTICE (0-0) 0

As part of their third year program of studies, students are required to participate in a work placement program- Summer Practice III- Office. During the summer practice, the students will work full time in a planning office or public institution. The students are expected to make observations on the program developing order, project application and designer/ client relationships in a private or institutional design office. The aim of this summer practice is to give the students experience in the organization and working of a planning office or a public institution. The students are expected to make observations on the program developing order, project application and designer/ client relationships in a private or institutional design office.

 

6. SEMESTER

CRP 302 PLANNING STUDIO IV (4-4) 6

CRP 302 Studio aims to combine analysis, planning and design practices within “strategic planning approach” and focuses more on urban scale. Students are expected to hold two major planning studies covering 1/100.000 and 1/25.000 scale plans in close collaboration with the analysis results and strategies developed in CRP 301.

CRP 324 THE ECONOMICS OF URBAN PLANNING (3-0) 3

This course is on studying, within the scope of the theory of economics, urban structure, operation of markets on urban activities and problems that arise in urban areas. Topics include: economic reasons of the emergence and development of cities; explanation of the location of different urban activities and creation of urban structures by using basic concepts of the rent theory; choice of location and characteristics of housing by households; factors that affect production of housing by house builders in urban areas; transport services supply and demand, traffic congestion problem; environmental effects of activities in urban areas and policy alternatives to deal with these problems.   

CRP 330 PLANNING THEORY (3-0) 3

The primary goal of this class is to assure that undergraduate students have a general, substantive command of the spectrum of past and present perspectives regarding planning theory. This course aims to provide a background for the legacy of modernist planning and architecture, and it covers the leading thinkers and schools of thought and is primarily focused on western ideas about planning. It evaluates the evolution of planning with respect to the changes in scientific thought and principle approaches of planning; different approaches in planning, their origins and critiques. At the end of the courses, students are expect to have an insight on public benefits, negotiation and participation in the changing structure of planning; the legitimacy of planning; planning ethics; power and conflict in planning; and the changing role of planner.

CRP 332 ENVIRONMENT, RISK AND MITIGATION PLANNING

The environmental problems and threats affect cities and urban planning.  This course aims to understanding natural disasters, and their impacts on settlements; the concepts of sustainability and resilience; natural resource management; integration of disaster risks into city and regional planning studies. This course defines the processes of risk construction and urban risks; describes the vulnerabilities of urban settlements against natural and technological risks; discusses risk management at global, national and local levels; analyses urban vulnerability and urban risk sectors; presents international risk management approaches and worldwide cases. Students are expected to gain an insight about risk society, risk cognition and components of risk management; disaster risk management and pre-disaster planning; basis of mitigation planning at the end of the course.

 

7. SEMESTER

CRP 401 PLANNING STUDIO V (4-4) 6

In this studio, it is oriented to prepare master and implementation plans for a metropolitan city or a city region. Students study in groups different urban sectors (housing, industry, business centers, tourism, etc.), they identify their developments trends and problems, study decisions of upper level plans and make revisions in those plans if needed, then prepare master development plans between 1/25.000 and 1/.5000 scales. 

CRP 411 FUNDAMENTALS OF HOUSING (3-0) 3

This course is an introduction to economics, finance and policy of housing. Topics covered are: functions and specific features of housing; housing markets and the ways that they operate, housing prices; housing demand of households; housing production and its variation between countries, housing provision in Turkey; forms of housing finance, historical development of housing finance in Turkey; types of housing policies and implemented policies in Turkey; unauthorized house building, transformation and principal legislative frameworks and implementations on these issues in Turkey.

CRP 400 SUMMER PRACTICE II (0-0) 0

As part of their third year program of studies, students are required to participate in a work placement program- Summer Practice II- Public. During the summer practice, the students will work full time in a public institution. The students are expected to make observations on the program developing order, project application and designer / client relationships in an institutional design office. The aim of the course is to give the students experience in the organization and working of a public institution. The students are expected to make observations on the program developing order, project application and designer/ client relationships in an institutional design office.

 

8. SEMESTER

CRP 402 PLANNING STUDIO VI (4-4) 6

A project area is chosen by each student in the master plan at 1/5000 scale that was prepared by his/her group in the Planning Studio V, selected project area is studied, its problems and development trends are identified; decisions of the master plan at 1/5000 scale concerning the studied project area are revised if needed; implementation plan and urban design project at 1/1000 scale are prepared; a site within the planned area is chosen and its urban design project with a model at 1/500 scale is prepared.

CRP 420 FINAL THESIS 3

This course aims to fill the gap between the theory of planning, the legal and administrative aspects of planning and the professional practices in our professional life. In doing so, this course will introduce ethical principles related to the planning profession.

CRP 422 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND ETHICS IN PLANNING (3-0) 3

  

ELECTIVE COURSES

CRP 351- Everyday Life, Politics and Space

 

CRP 357- Urban Conservation Planning

Historical, cultural, urban and archeological areas constitute the most important core of our cities to be protected. These areas are now being protected and destroyed for various reasons. The goal of the lecture is to give urban conservation planning theories and practices.  Information on Conservation Plans and Conversion Projects prepared and in effect in accordance with the examples in Ankara, Bergama (Pergamon), Afyon, Konya, Patara, Kaş, Niğde Castle, Kayseri Talas, Antalya, Perge, Şanlıurfa, Amasra, Uçhisar, Jordan Ajloun.

CRP 358- Contemporary Issues in City and Regional Planning

 

CRP 359- Project Planning and Management

The aim of the course is to give  an   overview   of   project   management   and   its   evolvement   until   today   and   the reasons why project management has become increasingly important in contemporary working life. Moreover, the objective of the course is to teach students the whole Project Cycle Management with its various   steps   and   highlight   issues   that   could   contribute   to   success   or   failure   of   a project.

CRP 364- Strategic Planning and Participatory Techniques

Many of the methods that have been emphasized in planning courses 10 years ago may be outdated today and inefficient in a context of rapid growing cities and an unpredictable future. Therefore, the course seeks to create opportunities for discussion about strategic and participatory planning projects with respect to methods and techniques used struggles and challenges experienced, and lessons learned.

CRP 365- Economics of Regional Planning

The course introduces the study of regional economics to planning students to acquaint them with the problems of regional economies and methods of analyzing them.  The roles of natural resources, economic base, location of industries, and factors determining regional growth and development will be considered in the course.

CRP 370-New Political Debates in Planning

This course defines main processes of urban conditions at global level; describes contemporary problems with a critical and multi-dimensional perspective. The course analyses the major urban debates at national and global levels with respect to social movements and decision-makers, governing and participation, city and women, built environment and social life, urban transformation and mass housing, urbanization and environmental problems. This course discusses the outcomes of changing economic policies after industrial revolution on urbanization and their social, political and cultural impacts. Urban conditions posed by neoliberal policies are reflected through case studies conducted in a selected area.

CRP 372- Applications of Quantitative Methods in Urban Planning

This course provides basic quantitative techniques which are applicable to urban studies and urban planning practices. Modern cities are getting more and more complex. The complexity of these systems requires analysis of extensive datasets. Therefore even a basic knowledge of quantitative methodologies is exteremely useful to identify problems and potentials in such complex systems. In this course, basic statistical methodogies will be thought such as; a variety of analysis methods, projection of population, employment, transportation and land use.

CRP 373 – Sustainable Communities and Design

Sustainable Communities and Design course is designed to give an overall understanding on components of sustainable community design in relation with the neighborhood notion. After completing this course, the students will be capable of understand the link between principles of sustainability, community planning and urban design at neighborhood scale as the basic unit of locality.  The main objective of this course is understanding the main components of Urban Design and its role in the planning process. The course covers both theoretical information and practical knowledge by 1/500 applications. In the scope of the course, the term of Urban design will be examined in detail through discussing different examples from all over the world. Afterwards, students are going to apply their knowledge to a real world project at the scale of 1/500.

CRP 375- Digital Design and Visualization in Urban Planning

Course focuses on virtual models of urban environment with its natural and built elements. Three dimensional representations of topography, creating design alternatives on the site is expected. Course also covers texture and material implementation over models, lighting and shading characteristics of physical space, photo realistic render output details and visualisation method as video editing. For each of these steps a different software profession is required as Autodesk AutoCad, Trimble Sketchup, Lumion and Adobe Premiere.

CRP 379- Regional Analysis Methods in Planning

The course covers the basic methods and analysis applied in regional and interregional studies. Some traditional techniques like shift-share analysis, input-output, and economic base models as well as some new methods are introduced in the course. The teaching policy bases on the lectures of theories behind the analytical models and techniques. Class discussions and application of techniques and models are the essential part of the teaching policy. After theoretical discussion, the methods and techniques will be applied with practical studies in the lectures.

CRP 380- Visual Representations in Planning

‘Visual Representations in Planning’ aims to give comprehensive information on conception, illustration and communication of graphical data. The course examines basic components of graphic design and discusses how students can interpret such tools in the planning profession. Apart from technical concerns, the goal is to understand how they can reflect creativity through these representations. The main objective of the course is to understand the main components of visual communication and their roles in the planning process. Both theoretical and practical knowledge are examined in the frame of urban planning, design-thinking and creativity.

CRP 381 Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment course is designed to give an overall understanding on monitoring tools for sustainable development. The course covers both theoretical information and practical applications. After completing this course, the students will be capable of understand the link between various assessment tools and the local context of sustainable development practices.

CRP 382- Priority Area Planning and Implementations

Priority Development Areas, commonly known as PDAs, are areas within existing communities that local city or county governments have identified and approved for future growth. These areas typically are accessible by one or more transit services; and they are often located near established job centers, shopping districts and other services.

The aim of this course is to give urban design works and implementations in the urban transformation areas, historical circles, coastal areas, urban centers, etc. To examine the methods and techniques of “Urban Design” within the context of various applications and competition projects. In this context, the interdisciplinary nature of urban design examines the various implementations and outcomes of different projects on the basis of the introduction of different specializations in different fields.

In this scope; PRIORITY AREA PLANNING AREAS;  such as Antalya “Lara-Falez Coastal Arrangement Projects”, urban design and landscaping projects such as “Historic City Center of Pergamon “,  Ankara-Ulus “Hacıbayram and Augustus Temple  Square Arrangement”, Konya “Historical Commecial Center Arrangement Arounds Province Building and City Square”, Istanbul “Ataköy-Avcılar Sea Shore Arrangements”.  Planning and designing studies, including planning, Patara “Archaeological Site and Entrances Arrangement Projects “, Afyon Urban Regeneration Area Projects, Diyarbakir “Dicle Valley Urban Design and Landscape Project” the problems encountered will be explained.