Studio Hours: Monday 13.00-18.00 and Thursday 13.00-18.00


Asst. Prof. Dr. Suna S. Özdemir

Ins. Dr. Simge Özdal Oktay

Ins. (part-time) Hakan Ünlü


Aim of the studio is to develop analytical skills of students in approaching a problem area, examining multi-dimensional and hierarchical structures, interpreting relations between the whole and its parts, and using urban geographical and cartographic data. The studio work concentrates on the identification of problems, the formation of geographical relations, and developing alternative final design.

Overall studio work aims to introducing the strategic planning approach to students. Students are expected to develop a comprehensive approach to urban 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.


This studio stands on the premise of improving students’ skills in the processes of working collaboratively towards innovating outcomes, working both as a participant and as a facilitator. Each student has his/her experiences and standpoint to offer which will differ from what others have to offer.

This course does not stand on the premise of conventional ideology of university life. Being a young undergraduate and expressing your reactions from that position is as valuable for clarifying the issues in the studio as being a highly experienced expert. The contributions of students can often be different from the ones of experts, and yet, they are both highly valued.

The class will normally move between mini-lectures, small group and individual work, and collaborative plenary sessions. Small group work will rely on students’ forming a self-managing group, expressing their own expertise and interests in the process of modifying the itinerary of the course and experiencing participatory group processes.


Studio program is based on individual critiques, class panels, readings, project works, sketch problems, and class lectures. Students will be expected to further advance the information they gain through lectures, written materials that will be provided by studio instructors and their own efforts to search their relevant topics.

Students must attend 80 per cent of the class hours at least.


Students will be evaluated in accordance with;

  • The studio projects, designs, and sketch problems  
  • Active participation in class discussions (active class participation including participation in the course discussions; collaboration in the process of class management; collective generation of the group work assignment in each class)


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