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Course Name
English Design with Natural Aspects
Course Code
MIM 364E Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Burçin Güngen
Course Objectives The aim of the course is to examine, in terms of philosophy, theory, technology and ecology, the relationships between nature and architecture, which is one of the richest, most diverse and oldest themes within architectural theory, culture and practices. Besides an overall awareness, the students will acquire knowledge and skills about the above-mentioned cultural fields and design practices.
Course Description Nature has shaped the understandings on architecture as a theoretical ground, a discursive foundation, a rich source of raw materials and information, a fragile shelter, as well as a continuous threat. Views on nature are both diverse and subject to transformations in time. This course examines the varying roles that nature assumes in the understanding and conducting of architecture, in terms of both historical and practical aspects. Participants explore various interactions between nature and architectural understandings and practices through both theoretical studies and design applications.
Course Outcomes The course aims to create awareness, together with knowledge and skills, on the following subjects:
1. The meanings given to nature and the transformations in the understanding of nature in architectural culture
2. Natural systems and the understanding of architecture and cities in terms of systems
3. Environment - architecture interactions
4. Design approaches and methods based on nature
Required Facilities computer and internet connection
Other References -Serres, Michel, 1995. Chapter: 'The Natural Contract' in The Natural Contract , pp:27-50, Univ. of Michigan Press.
-Film (Documentary): Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directors: Nicholas Pencier, Jennifer Baichwall, Edward Burtynsky, 2018.
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