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MIM 1012 Architectural Design I


Necessary Files


Download the syllabus.

Download the house list

Second Module:

Alternative Housing for Elderly and Youth in Burgazada


Download the design problem statement (in Turkish). 

Links about the alternative housing


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Objective  and Expectations


The primary objective of the course is to enable students to gain experience on producing spatial solutions arising from different relations, and to gain ability on thinking in a sophisticated background starting from early stages of architectural design.  
During the semester the students are expected to be able:
-to investigate different precedents from the world; to examine them in respect to their approaches to their physical environments, their context and the building science they were produced in; to transfer the conception acquired from this examination to their own design processes, 

- to improve an understanding regarding concept of dwelling and user requirements relevant to dwelling,  

- to make drawings, sketches and schemes representing the relation between their designs and gathered information from various sources in process of analysing site,  

- to express their ideas on design by using graphic, verbal and written methods,

to develop housing design in relation with conceptual context,  

-to evaluate effects of environmental factors (topography, landscape, view, direction, climate, light etc.) on housing design,  

-to improve their point of views on phenomena by using metaphors over concepts and abstract thoughts.

Content  and Modules


The course focuses on solving design problems related to housing. It is organized into two modules:  
The first module is designed as an auxiliary part to the second module, which acts as “examination of an existing housing design in respect to its approach to its physical environment, its context and the building science it was produced in, and presentation of this housing design in 1/100 scale”. The first module starts on the first week and ends on the fourth week. 
The second module is defined as “design of a house connected with its physical environment, its context and current building science, and presentation of this design in 1/100 scale”. The second module starts on the fifth week and ends on the fifteenth week.   




Project sites will be chosen in Heybeliada and Kınalıada by students after site trip.  




Three two-hour seminars on different subjects are going to be organized in order to enhance students’ design skills and methods. For the dates of these seminars please see weekly schedule and follow instructors’ announcements up.  




It is important that students participate in discussions, trips, sketch exercises, seminars and other activities carried out during course hours. They are allowed -maximum- 20 percent absences of total course hours in semester.  



The evaluation of the course shall be made as stated below:  

-Effect of in-term studies on course grade is %60.   

-Effect of final submission and jury on course grade is %40.  
Final jury date, time and location will be announced by Architectural Department Secretariat. Students are required to pay the highest attention to these announcements.  
Minimum requirements for final submission:  
-Conceptual Diagrams, Schemes, Drawings, Sketches (in relation with Site Analyses, User Profile and Building Programme, Design Decisions…)

-Plans (Site Plan 1/500, 1/200; Floor Plans 1/100)

-Sections (1/100 in relation with Neighbours, Materiality, Landscape)

-Elevations (1/100 in relation with Street Scape, Materiality, Landscape)

-Perspectives (Min. 1 Street Scape, min. 1 Interior)

-Physical Models (1/500 Site Model, 1/100 Unit Model, Conceptual Model(s) 
Students may also use additional materials to express their projects. 




The course is studio-oriented and going to take place in the studios with the supervision of the instructors stated in the list below:   
Std211   Senem K. Koca, Zafer Sağdıç, Bülent Göz, Selçuk Şenoldu, Reyya Kalay Std303   C. İrem Y. Gencer, Jülide Szawlowski, Pınar Bayraktar, Nazlı Arslan Std405   Polat Darçın, Nefise Burcu Yağan, Esra Küçükkılınç, Özde Özdal Std406   Banu Çelebioğlu, Jose M. Garcia Torres, Derya G. Özer 



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